BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. — A semi crashed into a chartered tour bus Monday morning on westbound I-70 just before 7-Highway.
The accident near Adams Dairy Parkway happened at about 10:45 a.m. The Central Jackson County assistant fire chief says the bus originated in St. Louis and was on its way to Overland Park when the bus driver realized the bus had a flat tire. The bus driver pulled off to the shoulder of the highway to wait for help with the tire. While there, it was hit by the semi. The damage to the bus is extensive. The left side of the bus is gone.
“Pretty much destroyed the other side; took the side and then the people that were inside were injured,” said Eddie Saffel, Central Jackson County Fire Protection District.
Two bus passengers were rushed away from the scene in serious condition. Eight others were transported with cuts and scrapes.
The driver of the semi was shaken but not hurt.
Centerpoint Medical Center received the ten patients. They have listed one in serious condition and one other in critical condition. All others are listed as fair or good.
“Thanks to the quick action of the highway patrol, Central Jackson County Fire and EMS, and the nurses, staff and physicians at Centerpoint, we were able to manage a potentially tragic situation quickly and efficiently for the sake of our patients,” Jared Smith, Medical Director of Trauma Services, said.