NORMAN — While 15 children waited for medical attention in Norman Regional Hospital’s emergency room, police officers walked among them, offering comfort and distributing stuffed animals.
Hospital staff members fixed sandwiches for them. Cleveland County YMCA personnel helped reunite worried parents with their offspring.
The children were taken to the hospital’s emergency room after a bus was involved in an accident shortly after noon Wednesday.
The children were with a Cleveland County YMCA summer program and were being taken to Reaves Park for an outing when the accident occurred at Lindsey Street and Elm Avenue.
Police officer Eric Lehenbauer said none of the children’s injuries were considered serious. Many were treated for minor injuries and released.
“Any child who complained of soreness in the neck, back or head was taken for evaluation,” said Joe Paslay Jr., chief executive officer for the Cleveland County YMCA.
The response to the wreck by firefighters, paramedics, Norman police, Norman Public Schools and Norman Regional Health System was phenomenal, said Stacy Bruce, vice president of operations for the Cleveland County YMCA.
“The citizens of Norman should be proud of the public servants who work to care for all of us. While we certainly wish this incident had not occurred, we are pleased that the kids in our care are safe and healthy and have been cared for so well,” she said.
Lehenbauer said the accident happened when a northbound Mazda Protege was struck by a westbound Range Rover. The Protege then spun and was hit head-on by the eastbound bus, he said.
The driver of the Mazda was taken by ambulance to Norman Regional Hospital’s emergency room.
The bus was carrying 38 children between the ages of 7 and 10, and five adults. Those who were not injured were taken to a nearby church to rest in an air-conditioned building and eat lunch, Bruce said. The Norman School District later sent a bus to the church to return the children to the YMCA.
The names of those involved in the collision are not being released, police said. The accident remains under investigation.