Update: No Students Injured In School Bus Crash

By: Ann McIntire Email
By: Ann McIntire Email

A school bus crashed into a yard Wednesday morning near 55th and Leavenworth. Police say the 54-year-old bus driver had a medical condition and blacked out.

It happened on Mayberry Street and 57th, about a block away from Washington Elementary School just before 8:45 a.m.

It was shocking for everyone involved, including the homeowner, Dusty Kastens. "Pretty eventful I guess, I work from home so I was downstairs working and just heard a bunch of honking and came up here and found the bus in my front yard."

Kastens was out surveying the damage, or lack of, to his house and yard. "It looks like it just stopped before the tree, I don't think it hit, yeah I don't think it hit anything really."

The bus driver, Patrick Corbitt was able to walk out the back of the school bus and was loaded onto a gurney. He was taken to the Nebraska Medical Center to be checked over.

First Student, the bus company, said Corbitt has been driving for them since 2008, and hasn't had any problems. First Student also requires all drivers to have a DOT medical card, which requires a physical every year. Corbitt had his card and had passed his physical this year.

Corina Craddock and her daughter, Alexis, live across the street from where the crash happened. "My son does safety patrol, and he was a little late leaving this morning, so I had come back to the door to see if he made it out, and when I got to the door, this is what I saw, and I was like, 'oh my god what happened?'"

Investigators at the scene say all 24 children on board the bus were uninjured and able to walk up the hill to Washington Elementary School. The school nurse did check the students over, and the parents were notified, which is school policy.

Alexis, a first grader at Washington Elementary, says she's familiar with the students who were on the bus. "I know a lot of the kids!"

When asked her first thoughts after seeing the bus, she said, "OMG!"

Everyone is just relieved at the outcome.

"It scared me, because it was just a scary scene," said Craddock. "I didn't know what happened, it just scared me so then I talked to my son and he told me all the kids made it off the bus and they were okay, so then I was okay."

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