On March 13, 2012 at approximately 3:10 p.m., Elwood Reed, age 72 and of Belgrade, Missouri was operating a 2003 Freightliner school bus and traveling in the westbound direction of Missouri Route C.
At that said time and place, Elwood was traveling westbound on Missouri Route C, three miles west of route 21, when he became distracted and failed to negotiate a curve and overcorrected. Due to the Elwood’s negligence, the school bus traveled off the right side of the road and overturned onto its passenger side.
As a result of the school bus crash, ten children were moderately and severely injured. David Eye, age 16, was moderately injured and taken to Washington County Memorial Hospital by the Washington County ambulance. Joseph Gillam, age 10, was seriously injured and taken to St. Louis Children’s Hospital by the Arch helicopter team and his brother, Taylor, age 10, was moderately injured and taken by Washington County ambulance to Washington County Memorial Hospital. Nathan McClain, age 16, and brother, Joseph, age 9, both received moderate injuries and were taken to Washington County Memorial Hospital as McClain sisters, Samantha, age 16, and Tori, age 15, both sustained moderate injuries and were transported to Parkland Hospital South in Farmington. Spencer Moses, age 13, received serious injuries and his sister, Emily, age 7, received moderate injuries as both were transported by Arch helicopter evacuation to St. Louis Children’s hospital. Finally, Stephanie Woods, age 13, was seriously injured due to the crash and was transported by Arch helicopter evacuation to St. Louis Children’s Hospital. All participants involved in the crash are Belgrade, Missouri residents.
As the school bus came to a final rest on its passenger side, all 39 passengers suffered an injury of some kind due to the crash. The remaining children involved in the crash were taken to the local Quincy Valley Medical Center for medical attention or were reconnected with their families. The driver, according to the report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, was uninjured and no other vehicle was involved in the crash.
This auto-crash was investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol and was assisted by troop C, Washington County ambulance, and the Arch helicopter evacuation squad.
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