Bus rollover investigation latest

LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Miss (WTOK) - An investigation is underway into a Friday morning bus accident in Lauderdale County.

(Photo Source: WTOK-TV)

Around 6:30 a.m. emergency officials responded to a school bus accident in which a bus overturned in the 4700 block of Meehan Savoy Road. Only the driver and his children were on the bus at the time.

An eyewitness tells Newscenter 11 it appears that none of the students on the bus received any serious injuries.

"My grandson got ready to go to school, and he came back here and ran into the house and said, 'Papaw, the bus, it flipped over in the road!' I never heard it or anything," says Mike Mabry. "It's just a miracle that nobody got hurt."

Pieces of the bus could still be found on mid-morning Friday at the site of the crash. Investigators say they do not think high speed was a factor, but instead it might have been the wet weather conditions. Officials say, luckily, no one was hurt.

"It looks like it may have over-corrected some," says Chief Deputy Ward Calhoun with the Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department, "and when it came back on the roadway that's what caused it to skid across the road."

"I can tell you this, we are not going to try to make excuses," says Superintendent Randy Hodges. "If there's something that we can do better, we're going to improve it."

This marks the third Lauderdale County school bus to be involved in an accident this school year. Calling one accident too many, Hodges says immediate action will be taken.

"Today I made the decision that we're going to call the transportation director and the principals in next week for a special meeting," says Hodges. "And we're going to evaluate our buses, our drivers, the good, the bad, the ugly, all of it."

Hodges says a mandatory drug test is required for all bus drivers who are involved in an accident.

No charges have been filed in this wreck and the sheriff's department is handling the investigation.

"We've got to do everything that we possibly can to prevent an accident from happening and not just reacting after the fact," says Hodges.

Two buses from the Northeast Lauderdale campuses collided last Friday. This resulted in several students being transported to local hospitals for minor injuries. The Lauderdale County School District has about 94 buses in service daily.