Trial Set For Driver Charged After School Bus Flipped Into Creek

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EL DORADO, Kan. (AP) -- A bench trial has been scheduled for a 64-year-old school bus driver charged in an accident that resulted in the bus tipped over in a creek in south-central Kansas last fall.

The Wichita Eagle reports the trial for Morris Peterson is set for April 2 in Butler County. Peterson has pleaded not guilty to child endangerment and reckless driving. Butler County Assistant Attorney Alice Burns says Peterson's attorney requested the trial during a hearing Monday.

Ten children were aboard the bus during an afternoon route on Oct. 31, when the bus was pushed off the road by high water and into swollen Muddy Creek as Morris tried to cross a low-water bridge. The only child who was injured was treated and released the same day from a hospital.

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