The school bus crash occurred on Kellogg near the junction with Interstate 135 at around 11:20 a.m. local time. Near the exit, traffic slowed down suddenly, and one of the school buses was struck by the other bus.
The Wichita Eagle reports that of the approximately 60 students on board between the two buses, 27 children were injured in the crash. Most of the injury complaints included head and neck pain, and many children were visibly shaken by the bus accident. One child was taken to a hospital in Wichita for treatment of undisclosed injuries.
The two L’Ouverture Elementary buses were returning from a field trip at the Wichita Symphony Young People’s Concert downtown. Two new buses came to pick up the children following the crash. Neither of the buses involved in the accident had safety restraints, according to the Wichita Eagle.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), between 2004 and 2013, there were 340,039 fatal motor vehicle traffic crashes. Of those, 1,214 (0.4%) were classified as school-transportation-related crashes. Here are more facts about these types of crashes: