Almost Two Dozen Students Injured in Mississippi School Bus Crash

In Mississippi, 21 students were transported to the hospital after a one-vehicle school bus crash on June. 17, 2019. (Photo courtesy of the Clarion Ledger.)
In Mississippi, 21 students were transported to the hospital after a one-vehicle school bus crash on June. 17, 2019. (Photo courtesy of the Clarion Ledger.)

On Monday, June 17, 21 students in McCarley, Mississippi, were taken to the hospital after returning to Greenwood from a football camp, reported the Clarion Ledger.

The school bus reportedly fell over on its side, with one student rider airlifted to a hospital in Tupelo for emergency treatment. Also, 11 students were taken by ambulance or personal vehicle to Greenwood Hospital, six were transported to Tyler Holmes Memorial Hospital and three were taken to the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Grenada, the article reported.

The bus was driven by head football coach Clinton Gatewood and was a one-vehicle accident, the Ledger said. A total of three coaches and 40 students were onboard the bus.

An initial investigation of the crash suggested that the driver lost control of the bus and it ran off the right edge of the pavement. Gatewood then overcorrected and crossed over to the left edge of the road, resulting in the bus flipping on its side after he tried to swerve back to the right, reported an updated article.

The crash remains under investigation at the time of this posting.