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School bus driver suspended by Douglass district

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, at 5:13 p.m.
  • Updated Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, at 6:58 a.m.

Removing Douglass school bus from creek after crash

This Douglass school district bus that overturned in a Butler County creek on Thursday afternoon with 10 students and a driver on board, was turned upright by a Wichita towing company on Friday morning.

The substitute driver of the Douglass school bus that overturned in a Butler County creek last week has been suspended, officials said Monday.

Morris “Joe” Peterson was suspended pending the outcome of the investigation, which is being conducted by the Kansas Highway Patrol, said Rob Reynolds, Douglass school district superintendent.

Peterson, 63, has been a substitute driver for the district off and on since 2007. On Thursday afternoon, the bus he was driving was pushed off a gravel road by high water as it tried to go across a low-water crossing about five miles northeast of Douglas.

The bus landed on its side in Muddy Creek. All 10 children aboard scrambled to safety through a side emergency exit and sat on top of the bus until the rescue was complete, nearly two hours later.

The only child who was hurt was treated and released at a hospital. Peterson sustained a back injury and was hospitalized until Friday night.

Reach Rick Plumlee at 316-268-6660 or rplumlee@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @rickplumlee.

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