Butler County attorney reviewing school bus accident

11/08/2013 2:12 PM

08/06/2014 9:02 AM

The accident report on the Douglass school bus that went into a creek Oct. 31 has been turned over to the Butler County Attorney Darrin Devinney. He is reviewing the case to see if charges will be filed against the driver, a spokeswoman for Devinney said Friday.

The Kansas Highway Patrol conducted the investigation and gave its report to Devinney’s office late this week, trooper Gary Warner said.

Morris “Joe” Peterson, 63, was driving the bus on an afternoon route when high water pushed the bus off a low-water crossing. The bus landed on its side in Muddy Creek, about five miles northeast of Douglass.

The 10 children aboard the bus scrambled through a emergency side exit and sat on top of the bus until they were rescued. One child was treated and released from the hospital. Peterson was taken to the hospital with a back injury and was released the next day.

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