UPDATE: Camp Point bus stuck en route, no injuries
Fri, 25 Feb 2011 13:56:03 GMT —
UPDATED: February 25 at 1:11 p.m.
We were unable to get ahold of Superintendent Martin Cook via phone or in person, but he did respond to us via e-mail:
"We had a couple of busses get stuck this morning because of the soft road conditions under the snow. There were no busses leaning over. I was out helping move the bus near Paloma|.that bus had one set of wheels stuck in the ditch where they recently dug out the ditch for better water drainage. We sent another bus over to pick up the students to transport them to school. Most of our trouble was in the south part of our school district where the roads were soft because of all the ground moisture and then heavy wet snow on top of it. Most buses arrived on time this morning, but we had a couple of delayed routes because of the wet snow on top of the soft gravel roads."
UPDATED: February 25 at 9:20 a.m.
Students are on their way to school after a school bus got stuck during a pick-up between Paloma and Coatsburg.
According to school officials on the scene, buses had trouble navigating the soft road surfaces in the county Friday. We have not confirmed how many buses got stuck during the commute this morning with the school district, but parents have told KHQA that number is around six.
Students were on the bus for about 30 minutes until another bus could get there to collect the students.
As you can see the bus's wheels and door were blocked with gravel and mud. It was impossible to open the front door.
Students on board told KHQA via text that their bus driver attempted to have the students exit thru the front door, however, the snow made that impossible, so they ended up evacuating via the back emergency exit.
UPDATED: February 25 at 9:00 a.m.
KHQA's Melissa Shriver says that all the children aboard the bus that was stuck near Paloma are safe and sound and are on their way to school finally.
The bus driver attempted to have the students exit thru the front door, however, the snow made that impossible, so they ended up evacuating via the back emergency exit.
We will have more information for you shortly.
KHQA has just heard that a Camp Point bus is currently stuck in snow near Paloma, Ill. on Hwy. 24.
It was near the viaduct headed in the direction of Coatsburg at the time of the incident.
One student with a cell phone called their parent and was alarmed because they had "almost tipped over."
There are no reports of any injuries.
We are sending a reporter out to get more information so check back and be sure to watch KHQA's News at Five, KHQA's Evening News at 6 p.m. and KHQA's Late News at 10 p.m.