UPDATE: Sheriffs Office confirms rise in number hospitalized following Wednesday bus crash Featured

By Chuck Samples and Tagan Trahoon February 13, 2020 359
UPDATE: Sheriffs Office confirms rise in number hospitalized following Wednesday bus crash KVOE News File Photo

Lyon County Deputies have confirmed a total of 26 patients were taken to Newman Regional Health Wednesday following a bus crash on the Kansas Turnpike.

Original reports stated 17 passengers were taken to Newman following the accident around 9:40 am with non-life threatening injuries. Students not immediately taken to Newman Regional Health went to Emporia High School as a gathering point after which time an additional nine students were taken to the hospital following a second checkup.

According to Kansas Highway Patrol Lt. John Lehnherr a USD 259 school bus was taking 36 students from Park Elementary to Topeka when the driver lost control and the bus left the highway, overturning on the driver side. Units from the Highway Patrol, Lyon County Sheriff's Office, Emporia Fire, Butler County Fire & EMS and CrossWinds Counseling and Wellness were among the response team.

 

7 am Thursday: Thursday starting with wind chills under -10; EFD confirms 24 to NRH after bus wreck; ambulance driver hospitalized after separate wreck

There's a lot of scraping taking place across the KVOE listening area after a snowy Wednesday turned into an icy Thursday.

Air temperatures have dipped into the single digits, but northerly winds above 30 mph have pushed our wind chills down to -13 at times. TV-13 meteorologist Doug Meyers says you'll need to be bundled up, especially during the morning hours.

With the cold conditions and isolated to scattered slick spots that redeveloped after Wednesday's heavy, wet snowfall, there are a lot of schedule adjustments for Thursday. Click here for the latest updated list.

The biting cold kept area streets and roads slick after roughly 2-5 inches of snowfall across the KVOE listening area.

*KVOE studios: 3 inches
*Emporia: 3.3 inches
*Bazaar: 2 inches
*Burlington: 2 inches
*Eureka: 1 inch
*Lake Kahola: 2.5 inches
*Lebo: 4 inches
*LeRoy: 1 inch
*Lyndon: 4.5 inches

Crews have been out treating streets since shortly after midnight. 

The Wednesday snowfall made for hazardous travel conditions -- as evidenced by a bus crash and an ambulance crash, both in Chase County.

A USD 259 Wichita school bus crashed on the Kansas Turnpike near the Flint Hills cattle pens exit, about 15 miles southwest of Emporia, around 9:40 am. In audio from KWCH, Kansas Highway Patrol Lt. John Lehnherr says the bus was taking 36 students from Park Elementary to Topeka when the driver lost control and the bus left the highway, overturning on the driver side.

The rest, including four adults, came to Emporia High School afterward. Emporia Fire says seven more kids went to Newman Regional Health after a secondary checkup at the school. USD 253 Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Kelly Bolin credited the community response for easing the situation, including USD 253's Food Service and Spartan Stop.

Units from the Highway Patrol, Lyon County Sheriff's Office, Emporia Fire, Butler County Fire & EMS and CrossWinds Counseling and Wellness were among the response team. CrossWinds CEO Amanda Cunningham says the agency was ready to help through existing partnerships with the Lyon County Emergency Communications Center, Lyon County Sheriff's Office and Emporia School District.

About an hour after the bus crash, a Butler County ambulance crashed on the Turnpike about two miles northeast of the Matfield Green service exit. The Turnpike Authority says the driver of the northbound ambulance, 37-year-old Lacy Volz of Wichita, lost control on the slushy highway. The ambulance then hit the center barrier wall and a nearby guardrail. She went to an unspecified hospital by private vehicle afterward. A semi was listed as involved but is not part of the actual crash narrative.

There were numerous fender-benders and non-injury slide-offs across the area. The Lyon County Sheriff's Office reported almost 30 noninjury crashes between 7 am and noon Wednesday.

Thankfully, conditions improve after Thursday. Temperatures climb to the mid-30s Friday, with upper 40s in Saturday's forecast and 50s for Sunday.

We'll keep you updated on KVOE, KVOE.com and KVOE social media. Join KVOE’s social media accounts on Facebook@kvoenews and Twitter@kvoeam1400 for weather, travel and schedule adjustment information if you’re not already connected. If you need to report a schedule adjustment, call KVOE at 620-342-1400 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.Click here for Wednesday's KVOE News coverage.

 

Photos by Chuck Samples/KVOE News

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