11 Petal Students Transported to Hospital After Bus Accident - WHLT 22 Connecting the Pine Belt

11 Petal Students Transported to Hospital After Bus Accident

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PETAL, Miss. - Several elementary school students on a bus, plus the driver of a car, were injured during an accident in Petal.

Petal Police Department Employee Heather Shoemake said a car hit a school bus around 7 a.m. at the intersection of West Central Avenue and Stevens Street. school district superintendent to get more details about the crash.

 "The first responders were there pretty quickly, said John Buchanan, the superintendent of Petal Schools. "Petal Police department was there in no time along with the Petal School District Police," he said.

"They were still picking kids up and then they were going to head to the three elementary schools," he said.

Buchanan said 11 kids had to be treated for minor injuries at Forrest General Hospital.

"We had school personnel there at the district level and at the school level," he said.

Buchanan said they alerted the parents quickly.

"We sent a phone blast out to all of the parents letting them know we did have an accident and to let them know what bus it was." 

Buchanan could not comment on other specifics about the accident. He said law enforcement is investigating.

"We are just thankful and blessed that we didn't have any serious injuries," he said.

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