One Ray-Pec volleyball player still in hospital; team pieces together squad for tournament

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PECULIAR, Mo. -- One Raymore-Peculiar High School student remained in the hospital Tuesday night after a school bus crash on Monday in Lee's Summit. The bus was carrying the Ray-Pec varsity volleyball team to a tournament at Lee's Summit West.

The volleyball team will be taking part in the district tournament, but they will be missing 13 of the players who were sent to the hospital after a bus accident.

"We have five of the girls that were on the bus that have been cleared to play. We will have to pull up another 8 from the junior varsity and freshman squad,” Jay Harris, assistant superintendent of Ray-Pec schools, said.

Ray-Pec is now piecing together a volleyball team after school administrators talked to players and parents, who decided forfeiting is not an option.

"We've got a resilient group of young ladies,” Harris said.

Police say the driver, from Apple Bus Company missed the turn into the high, tried to make a U-turn from the outside lane and did not see a construction truck to his left. FOX 4 went to Apple to find out more about what happened.

"We really can't comment on it. It’s all under investigation and until then we cannot comment on it,” said a representative named Gayla.

Police say the bus driver made an improper turn and are presenting the results of their investigation of a traffic violation to city and state prosecutors.

“We haven't been informed of that,” said Gayla, who also said if it does happen there will be steps to follow, but also said she couldn’t elaborate about the issue further.

“We just don't tell anything like that, any kind of discipline action, as far as a kid on the bus, a driver. We don't disclose any of that information.”

Ray-Pec will meet Grandview Thursday at 4:00. As far as how they will get to the game, the players will again be sent to Lee's Summit West on a school bus.