One member of the Raymore-Peculiar High School girls volleyball team remained hospitalized in stable condition Tuesday after a flatbed truck struck the team’s school bus Monday afternoon.
Thirteen students were taken by ambulance to hospitals following the accident shortly after 4 p.m. Monday at Southwest Ward and Southwest Stuart roads. Police said the bus driver was trying to make a U-turn on Southwest Ward when the truck hit the bus.
The student had serious but non-life-threatening injuries. The other students were released after treatment.
A 14th student was taken to a hospital by her family. She also was treated and released, said district spokeswoman Michele Stidham.
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Three other students, the coaches, the bus driver and the driver of the other vehicle were not transported to the hospital.
Police said the bus was northbound on Ward Road, carrying players to a tournament at Lee’s Summit West High School. The driver missed a turn and tried to make a U-turn onto the southbound lanes of the divided roadway near Southwest Stuart Road. No sign is posted there prohibiting a U-turn.
The truck, which also was northbound on Ward Road, struck the bus on its side, pushing it onto a curb. Southbound traffic on Ward Road was backed up for 2 miles while police investigated.
The accident remains under investigation. No citations have been issued.