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Parents concerned after ambulance not called to school bus wreck

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It was a scary trip to school for several Missouri children Monday morning as the bus they were riding in was involved in a crash.

The school bus was rear-ended by a minivan about 8:40 a.m. near the intersection of Blueberry and Chapel drives in Harrisonville, MO. The students were loaded onto another bus and brought to Harrisonville Elementary School and sent to class, but some families are concerned about why paramedics weren't called to the scene to check on the students.

The damage to the rear of the school bus was clearly visible as it sat in the parking lot of the Durham Bus Barn in Harrisonville.

Jasmine Vance, 7, and her 9-year-old brother Norris were sitting in the back row on their way to school when the crash happened.

"It was like something running into to you. I was kind of scared," Norris, a third-grader, said.

"(I was) scared because it like hit my head. (It hurt) right up here," Jasmine, a first-grader, said as she pointed to an area on her head.

Jasmine said her head hit the frame of the window and Norris said his ribs were sore. They, along with 17 other Kindergarten through third-grade children, were loaded onto a new bus and brought to Harrisonville Elementary.

"To me it wasn't handled properly because the kids said there was no ambulance there," parent Toninetta Vance said.

Jasmine finally spoke up in class and told her teacher her head was hurting. The teacher then sent her to the nurse and her mother decided to take her and Norris to the hospital.

"You hear about blood clots if not assessed. I wouldn't have known for eight hours if she hadn't complained to somebody because they wouldn't have been checked out," Toninetta Vance said. "And my son could have had a broken rib or something. I don't think the situation was handled properly."

The Harrisonville Police Department said dispatch was told there were no injuries at the scene of the wreck, so no ambulance was ordered. But Toninetta Vance said she feels one should have been ordered anyway as a precaution since children were involved.

"My children are OK," she said. "(But) she could have had a concussion or he could have had a broken rib. I don't want this to happen to someone else's children."

No one with the local Durham Bus Company office would speak to KCTV5 News. A school district spokesperson said the assistant superintendent had a lengthy discussion with local and regional Durham bus officials and asked them for changes in the procedures.

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