Pleasant Valley officer recovering from injuries after crash with school bus

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- An Independence police chase caused some major problems after making its way into the Northland. A Pleasant Valley police officer is recovering from head injuries on Monday night, Kansas City police say he has a possible concussion following a crash between his police cruiser and a school bus.

“He was on his way to assist other officers with a car chase in the area. He was operating with lights and siren,” said Sergeant Bill Mahoney.

The officer collided with the school bus carrying nine small kids and two adults. His police car ended up on it’s roof. No one on the school bus is injured.

Police say the suspect made his way here to N.E. Barry, and N. Troost, where the chase turned a mundane afternoon into quite a melee in a church parking lot.

“All of the sudden I heard a boom and then I immediately heard all of these police vehicles and emergency vehicles,” said Marcia Dale.

She’s the office manager at Unity of Kansas City North Church.

“We went out and looked, and I mean there was just vehicle after vehicle from the Missouri Highway Patrol, Clay County, KCPD everybody was piling in there,” said Dale.

She showed FOX 4 the aftermath, a streak of mud leading up to where she says the suspect slammed into the churches shed. With the ruckus over, she’s glad the damage is minimal, and the suspect is behind bars.

“Even though they bailed at a church consequences are still consequences,” said Dale.

KC police says the Pleasant Valley officer’s injuries are non-life threatening.