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Ray-Pec school bus driver is cited for making improper U-turn that caused accident

A school bus carrying volleyball players from Raymore-Peculiar High School to a tournament at Lee’s Summit West was hit by a truck Monday at Southwest Ward and Southwest Stuart roads.
A school bus carrying volleyball players from Raymore-Peculiar High School to a tournament at Lee’s Summit West was hit by a truck Monday at Southwest Ward and Southwest Stuart roads.

The school bus driver involved in an accident that injured several Raymore-Peculiar High School volleyball players was cited Tuesday for making an improper U-turn.

Michael Smith of Kansas City is accused of violating a municipal ordinance in attempting to make a U-turn when not safe, police said Wednesday.

The accident occurred Monday afternoon at Southwest Ward and Southwest Stuart roads. As Smith, 50, tried to make a U-turn on Southwest Ward, a flatbed truck hit the side of the bus.

One member of the girls volleyball team remained hospitalized in stable condition Wednesday, according to school officials. Thirteen students were treated for minor injuries. A 14th student was taken to a hospital by her family. She also was treated and released.

The bus was northbound on Ward Road, carrying players to a tournament at Lee’s Summit West High School. Smith missed a turn and tried to make a U-turn onto the southbound lanes of the divided roadway near Southwest Stuart Road. There is no sign prohibiting a U-turn posted there.

The truck, which also was northbound on Ward Road, hit the bus, pushing it onto a curb.

| Glenn E. Rice, grice@kcstar.com

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