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Driver in Kansas school bus crash facing charges

KSAL Staff - November 23, 2013 1:02 pm

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A southern Kansas school bus driver has been charged with endangering a child and reckless driving after his bus carrying 10 children slid off a road and into a rain-swollen creek.

KAKE-TV reports 64-year-old Morris F. Peterson was charged Friday in Butler County for the Oct. 31 incident in which he and the students had to be rescued by emergency responders. Three children suffered minor injuries.

The Kansas Highway Patrol released a report earlier this month saying the driver misjudged the edge railing and drove off the side of the water-covered bridge.

Peterson is no longer employed by the Douglass school district. He was suspended Nov. 4 and his resignation was accepted a week later.

Both charges are misdemeanors. It wasn’t immediately clear if Peterson had an attorney.

Bob Bowser

November 24, 2013 at 4:39 pm

This community needs to get behind this man. Even after being injured himself, he stayed in the bus and lifted children out of it.
Misjudgment does NOT equal a crime. If it did, most of Washington DC would be in jail already.

Jackson Bogart

November 25, 2013 at 10:47 am

He must be an idiot to drive over a bridge with water rushing over it. Misjudgement does equal a crime at times. Wake up and smell the coffee.

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