4 have minor injuries after Ark. school bus crash

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 20, 2013 at 7:41 pm •  Published: February 20, 2013
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RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (AP) — A school bus crashed on a steep, snowy road in northern Arkansas on Wednesday afternoon, and three students and the driver sustained minor injuries, the Pope County sheriff said.

The 4 p.m. crash occurred as a winter storm was arriving in the area and the bus was on a road on Crow Mountain, just outside of Russellville.

Sheriff Aaron Duval said the road was slick and has since been closed. The bus driver wasn't cited, Duval said.

"He started down Alaskan Trail, which is a county road on Crow Mountain. It curves to the right and he slid off to the left," Duval said.

The bus started to flip, but it was stopped by some trees at the roadside, where it wedged with its right-side wheels off the ground.

"There were seven students on the bus. Three of them, plus the diver, were transported ... to St. Mary Hospital just to be checked out. If there were any injuries, they were very minor," Duval said.

The parents of three students picked them up where the bus wrecked and one student was driven home by a deputy, the sheriff said.

The bus remained where it came to rest.

"We're leaving it until the weather clears up," Duval said.