Emergency personnel respond to school bus crash near LaGrange

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A school bus crash near LaGrange, Mo. around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon sent more than 20 people to the hospital.

The crash occurred near the intersection of Highway C and Juniper west of LaGrange.

According to Sgt. Brent Bernhardt with the Missouri Highway Patrol, the bus ran off the south side of the road, then swerved across and ran off the the north side of the road.

The bus then crossed over to the south side of the road for a second time where it went out of control and flipped over into a ditch.

Helicopters and emergency personnel spent the afternoon helping the injured.

Blessing Hospital spokesperson Steve Felde confirmed to KHQA that 11 students brought in either by ambulance or helicopter.

Thirteen kids were brought to the Blessing ER in a personal vehicle.

Hannibal Regional Hospital Robin Doyle said Hannibal only recieved two walk-in patients.Lewis County Sheriff David Parrish said all of the students have been accounted for and most have been treated and released from area hospitals.A few students remain in the hospital, but Sheriff Parrish said they are in stable condition.Route C in Lewis County has now been reopened. According to Sgt. Bernhardt the bus passed a February 25th inspection by the Missouri Highway Patrol.

A re-examination of the bus will be included as a part of the investigation.

"It's been a tough day for everybody and hopefully everybody will survive," Blessing Hospital CEO Brad Billings said.