Children Rescued After School Bus Goes Into Butler County Creek

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BUTLER COUNTY, Kan. -- Ten children in a school bus that crashed into a rushing creek in Butler County have all been brought to safety, authorities report.

The Butler County undersheriff says the school bus stopped upside-down in water following an accident Thursday afternoon northeast of Douglass, in the area of 190th east of Hopkins Switch.

Authorities classified it as a swift water rescue, as the bus was in moving water due to recent rains.

Butler County Sheriff Kelly Herzet said that there were 10 children on the bus. The children climbed out of the windows of the bus. He said none were injured, and they all stood on top of the bus until they were rescued.

"They were checked out by Butler County EMS prior to being brought up to the parents," Herzet said. "The driver of the bus had been in the water for quite some time."

The driver suffered minor injuries and hypothermia. He was also safety extricated and taken to Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.

"I really give all the credit to the kids that were on the bus that took the time to help each other," Herzet said.

"A lot of kids were screaming and crying," said Logan, a student who was on the bus. "Since I was the oldest, I was helping everybody else, so I was the last one (student) out of the bus."

Jenna Alexander said her 6-year-old brother was on the bus. Jenna said her mother became concerned when the bus was late, and a short time later she heard from the school that there had been an accident.