School Bus Plunges Off Bridge Into Creek

DOUGLASS, Kan. (October 31, 2013) Ten children and a school bus driver were rescued Thursday after the bus in which they were riding toppled into a creek swollen by heavy rain in southern Kansas.

Butler County Sheriff Kelly Herzet said says the children climbed through a roof hatch to await rescue Thursday afternoon as the bus lay on its side, half-submerged.

County 911 director Chris Davis said the Douglass School District bus went off a bridge at around 4 p.m. Thursday.

Herzet said the oldest children aboard were 13 and they helped the younger ones through the hatch.

Rescuers used a line to help them to safety.

The driver was taken to a hospital to be checked for hypothermia.

One child was put inside an ambulance, but the sheriff says all 10 were turned over to their parents.

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