Wellington-Napoleon basketball players return home following crash between their bus, wrong-way driver

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WELLINGTON, Mo. – A school bus loaded with kids never made it to its destination on Thursday after a wrong-way driver caused a crash.

The bus was carrying the Wellington-Napoleon boys and girls basketball teams to games in the metro, but before they got there, the driver of a car travelling the wrong way hit them on 291 Highway, and the driver of that car died.

The school system’s superintendent told FOX 4’s Dave D’Marko she was even emotional when she pulled up to the school with the children riding home on another bus, and their parents and fans there to greet them.

A couple dozen girls and boys players and cheerleaders and their coaches were on their way to North Platte for senior night when the southbound driver in the northbound lanes of 291 Highway struck them head on. The wreck sent them careening into the median.

The driver of the car was killed on impact, and the Apple Bus driver was hospitalized.

Two students were treated on scene with band aids and ice packs, but all then boarded a bus back to Wellington-Napoleon High School where local paramedics were waiting to check them out.

“We kind of reassessed them for aches and pains and headaches and some sore necks, we`ll have some sore students tomorrow, but we have all of them, and we have all of them walking healthy and safely so we are very blessed for that,” said Superintendent Mindy Hampton.

The girls team was at the front of the bus, staff at the school was most worried about them, but urged all parents to monitor their children for concussion-like symptoms.

Since it was senior night, the game will have to be made up, but they aren`t sure when the teams will be ready to make that trip again.