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Church bus rolls over near Derby; minor injuries reported

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Saturday, June 15, 2013, at 1:13 p.m.

Five people suffered minor injuries when a church bus rolled over Saturday near Derby, authorities say.

Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Sgt. Conrad Jansson said a vehicle southbound on Greenwich at the intersection of 79th Street South clipped the rear of the church bus, sending “it out of control” and into the ditch around noon Saturday. The woman driving the vehicle reportedly yielded at a stop sign, then continued south before seeing the church bus, which was westbound on 79th, he said.

Jansson said the bus, carrying about a dozen children, veered off the road “and tipped over on its side.” Two of those injured were transported by ambulance to Wesley Medical Center; the other three were treated at the scene. All of the children on the bus were minors, he said.

Jansson added that a Sedgwick County sheriff’s deputy responding to the bus crash narrowly escaped injury when his patrol car was T-boned by a northbound car at the intersection of 47th Street South and K-15. The impact apparently pushed the patrol car, which was running with lights and sirens west on 47th, into a third vehicle stopped at a traffic light, Jansson said.

The driver of the car that hit the deputy received minor injuries and was taken to Wesley for treatment, he said.

No one else was hurt, but the patrol car was totaled, Jansson said.

Reach Amy Renee Leiker at 316-268-6644 or aleiker@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @amyreneeleiker.

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