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Students, driver injured as school bus careens off Interstate 44

Aerial image from Fox 2 News of bus crash on Interstate 44 in St. Louis.
Aerial image from Fox 2 News of bus crash on Interstate 44 in St. Louis.

A school bus careened off westbound Interstate 44 and into some woods Thursday morning, St. Louis media reported.

The crash occurred at around 8 a.m. when the Parkway School District bus ran off the roadway near Lindbergh Boulevard, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

All 13 students injured and the driver were taken to St. Louis Children’s Hospital, and none will require an overnight stay, pediatrician Kimberly Quayle said at a news conference.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol said the injuries ranged from moderate to minor.

The kids suffered scrapes and bruises, including one boy who was ejected through an emergency door, according to the Associated Press.

The bus driver was able to keep the vehicle from tipping over as it rambled down a bumpy, grassy ravine, ending up against trees and bushes. The driver was hospitalized with moderate injuries but was expected to make a full recovery, Missouri State Highway Patrol Sgt. Al Nothum said.

Another driver reportedly caused the crash when he lost control of his car and it hit a median, according to the Post-Dispatch. The bus swerved to avoid hitting the car and smashed through the guardrail. The driver of the car told police he was speeding on his way to work, the newspaper reported.

A witness told Fox 2 she saw several students injured on the bus. She said she saw one student with a nearly severed ear, who was saying he wanted to go to sleep.

“There were children lying on the bus. There was lots of screaming,” the witness said.

The students were St. Louis children who participate in the region’s voluntary desegregation program, according to the Associated Press. They were on their way to Hanna Woods Elementary School in the St. Louis County town of Manchester, Missouri. The program allows city students to attend classes in more affluent county districts at no cost.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.