Crime & Courts

Kansas cop seriously hurt after crashing into school bus dropping off students, KHP says

A southeast Kansas police officer was seriously hurt when he crashed into a school bus that was dropping off students, state troopers said.

Emergency crews were called at around 4:05 p.m. Wednesday to a wreck on U.S. 166 about two miles west of Tyro in Montgomery County, a Kansas Highway Patrol crash report states. Trooper Rick Wingate said in a tweet that the crash involved a Coffeyville police patrol car and a school bus.

The crash report states that a 2010 Chevrolet Tahoe rear-ended a school bus that was eastbound on U.S. 166 and had stopped to drop off students.

None of the seven students aboard the bus were injured. The bus driver, identified in the report as Rosella P. Moreland, 64, of Caney, had a possible injury.

The driver of the Chevy SUV, identified in the highway patrol report as Darin R. Daily, 46, of Coffeyville, was taken to Freeman Hospital with a suspected serious injury.

The Coffeyville Police Department said in a Facebook post that the K-9 officer was returning from training out of town when the wreck happened. The police dog was not seriously injured, but the officer had to be cut out of the patrol vehicle by firefighters before he was flown by a helicopter to a hospital.

The Caney Valley school district said in a Facebook post that all the children on the bus were safe.

“Our bus #1 was unfortunately rear ended, but all kids are safe and accounted for,” school officials said in the post. “No major injuries at this time for the Bullpup Family to report. Please send your thoughts and prayers to the other vehicle involved in this accident.”

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