26 hurt in bus crash on the turnpike Wednesday

Lyon Co. Sheriff Office

Emporia, Kan. (KWCH) -- The Lyon County Sheriff's Office now says 26 people received treatment after a Wichita Public Schools' bus crashed on the Kansas Turnpike Wednesday morning.

The sheriff's office says Lyon County Emergency Communications received a call from Kansas Turnpike Authority at 9:41 a.m. for the accident which was about 15 miles southwest of the Emporia Toll Gate.

Deputies arrived around 9:59 a.m. and EMS personnel was on scene by 10:05 a.m.

Those who were injured were taken to Newman Regional Health for treatment. Those who were hot hurt were taken to Emporia High School, who had gathered a response team of school officials, school counselors, nurses and Crosswinds Counseling and Wellness staff to assist those involved in the crash. They prepared clean clothing and food for everyone when they arrived as well as activities and support.

The Kansas Highway Patrol says 17 students were taken to the hospital from the scene. More patients were identified at Emporia High School and then Emporia Fire Department transported those patients to Newman Regional Health for further evaluation and treatment.

"The relationships of the agencies and organizations involved in this situation in the Emporia and Lyon County community came together to assist those involved in this situation. We hope incidents like this never happen, but when it does, it is great to see community partners come together to help those that we serve," said Sgt. Jacob Welsh, a detective with the sheriff's office.