A Pembroke Hill School teacher will be honored with an honorary trooper award from the Kansas Highway Patrol for her actions following a bus crash with 36 sixth-grade girls on board.
Marie (Jodie) Stallard will be recognized in a 10 a.m. ceremony Tuesday at Bonner Springs High School.
Stallard was riding along Aug. 21 when the bus left the roadway and turned on its side as it exited from Kansas 7 to Kansas 32. Stallard saw to the needs of the students and freed the bus driver, who was suspended unconscious with his seat belt around his neck.
Stallard then stayed on the scene, identifying the injured, and at Bonner Springs High School, seeing that the uninjured were released to their families.
“She never once considered herself, her needs or her injuries throughout this ordeal,” the patrol said in a statement.
The patrol’s investigation found that the driver took the exit ramp too fast and that a medical condition directly affected the cause of the accident. Bus video showed the driver, Elmer Scott Jr., did not have his hands on the steering wheel at the time of the crash. The case is still under review by the Wyandotte district attorney’s office.
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