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Suspected drunk driver hits Grandview School District bus on 50 Highway

KINGSVILLE, Mo. — A driver has been arrested on suspicion of DWI after crashing into a Grandview School District bus returning from a track meet on 50 Highway at Route Z near Kingsville. Police said eight students suffered non-life threatening injuries.

Missouri Highway Patrol said in a tweet, “at 7:25 pm, Troopers responded to a crash involving a loaded school bus on NW 50 and NW Route Z in Johnson County. The driver of a mini van struck the bus and fled the scene on foot. Several occupants of the bus are being transported with non life threatening injuries.”

A Grandview spokesperson said the Grandview High School students were on their way home from a district track meet at Holden High School.

Police said a total of 8 students were injured.

The bus was seen on its side in the median. 50 Highway westbound traffic was diverted northbound on Route Z while crews worked to clean up the scene.

Highway Patrol said the driver of the vehicle that struck the bus fled the scene. That suspect was later found by Bates City police and brought back to the scene, where he was arrested for suspected DWI.

A Grandview spokesperson released a statement Saturday evening.

The Grandview School District can confirm that one of our school buses  was involved in an accident Saturday evening just outside of Lee’s Summit. The bus was traveling from a district track meet. 

Safety of our students and staff is always our priority. We are grateful that initial reports are that none of our students or staff suffered serious injuries. 

Several of our students that have suffered minor injuries have been transported to nearby hospitals. 

The accident is currently under investigation which is being conducted by the Missouri Highway Patrol.