Police were searching Tuesday night for a driver who toppled a school bus — injuring the driver and students on their way to school — before fleeing on foot.
The driver was described as a black female wearing a black backpack. Oklahoma City police Sgt. Jennifer Wardlow said police developed suspect information, but have not named the woman.
The small Oklahoma City Public Schools bus bound for North Highland Elementary was going north on Classen Boulevard about 7:40 a.m. when the driver of a four-door Chrysler Sebring ran the stop sign at NW 89 going east and hit the bus, Wardlow said. The impact overturned the bus.
“This is just the worst nightmare for a school district in a residential area like this,” Superintendent Karl Springer said. “We just want to remind people be careful about how fast you're driving.”
Oklahoma City Schools spokeswoman Kathleen Kennedy said seven students were on the bus.
Five people were taken from the crash scene to hospitals in good condition, Emergency Management Services Authority spokeswoman Lara O'Leary said.
Those taken to hospitals were the driver and four students, including a sibling who rode to the hospital but did not have injuries, Kennedy said.
A parent took another student to a hospital, Kennedy said. All those taken to hospitals were treated and released, she said.
The bus driver, Flynn Lee, has worked for the district since March 2011 and was treated for neck and back injuries, Kennedy said.
Students initially told school officials they were wearing seat belts, but they were not, Kennedy said.
A fire official said there were special needs children on the bus, but Kennedy said she could not confirm that information due to privacy laws.