Investigation continues after Lewis County school bus rollover

The superintendent of the Lewis County C-1 School District said the driver in Tuesday's school bus crash near Ewing will return to work next week.

Driver John W. Logan, 62, was one of nearly 30 people injured after a bus overturned about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday near the intersection of Highway C and Juniper Avenue in rural Lewis County.

Superintendent Jacqueline Ebeling said that Logan won't face a reprimand and will return to the bus fleet next week.

"It was basically just an accident," she said. "He is going to take the rest of the week off because he's got to get new glasses."

It was business as usual at the district Wednesday morning as buses and parents unloaded children at Highland Elementary School.

Blessing Hospital said its staff treated 27 people in the emergency room Tuesday night.

Of those 27, one was transferred to another hospital, one was admitted to the intensive care unit, but was reported as being in good condition as of Wednesday morning.

Missouri Highway Patrol investigators performed an accident reconstruction at the site Wednesday morning.

Four students were admitted to the pediatric medical/surgical floor, and also listed in good condition Wednesday morning. Twenty-one others were treated and released.

The bus ran off the south side of the road, then swerved across and ran off the the north side of the road, Sgt. Brent Bernhardt of the Missouri Highway Patrol said. 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 tended to the injured most of Tuesday afternoon.

Eleven students were brought into the hospital by ambulance or helicopter, Blessing Hospital spokesperson Steve Felde said.

Ebeling doesn't expect the loss of the school bus will have much of an impact on the bus scheduling.

"We have spares that we can use," she said. "I think our reserves are sufficient. We'll have to re-evaluate some of the activities we do."

According to Sgt. Bernhardt the bus passed a Feb. 25 inspection by the Missouri Highway Patrol. A re-examination of the bus will be included as a part of the continuing investigation.

Stay with this story for updates as information becomes available.