Seven students were taken to hospitals with minor injuries after their school bus crashed in Smithville. (Courtesy: Smithville R-II School District)
MISSOURI (KCTV) -
A school bus crash in Smithville injured seven Friday morning while a charter bus accident in Kansas City took down a power pole.
The Smithville School District said about 8:05 a.m. bus No. 2 was involved in a single-vehicle wreck at 156th Street and Long Road. The Clay County Sheriff's Office said a car was in the bus' lane and the bus driver left the road in order to try to avoid colliding with the car.
There were 11 Primary and Upper Elementary children on the bus at the time. While no serious injuries were reported, three students were taken to Children's Mercy Hospital and four students were taken to North Kansas City Hospital for evaluation. The remaining four students were taken to school.
All parents of the 11 children were notified immediately.
The Clay County Sheriff's Office is investigating the cause.
In a separate accident, a charter bus carrying students on their way to a performance struck a power pole near Truman Road and Prospect Avenue.
The incident happened shortly after 11:20 a.m.
Police on scene said it appears the driver had a medical condition that caused him or her to swerve onto the curb and the bus' side mirror took down some wires.
The power pole's wires didn't land on the bus and no injuries were reported.
All passengers were evacuated from the first charter bus and loaded onto another one to continue on their journey. The second bus left about noon.
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