Arkansas State Police are investigating a school bus accident that happened Wednesday afternoon in Pope County. (Photo: Keith Bell, Witness)
POPE COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) - Arkansas State Police (ASP) are working a school bus accident in Pope County.
The accident happened along the 3000 block of Highway 64 in Atkins. ASP said the accident happened around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday during an afternoon school bus drop-off.
ASP says that six children and the driver of a pumper truck went to a Russellville after the accident. THV 11 found out that it was St. Mary's Hospital. An emergency room supervisor told us Wednesday night that everyone is back home and OK.
ASP informed THV11 that troopers suspect the school bus was stopped in the westbound lane of traffic to let students off of the bus when the crash happened. Public information officer Bill Sadler said a utility pumper truck was struck in the rear by a log truck that failed to stop, causing the pumper truck to hit the rear of the school bus.
Neighbor Keith Bell said that he came across the accident when returning home Wednesday afternoon.
"Of course, when you first see the bus and all the lights, you kind of get shocked you know because you think children are hurt," Bell said. "They had all the students out of the bus, and they had walked over. They had them over the shade trees over here away from the highway."
Bell said the elementary-age students appeared to be OK; they were just a little shaken up.
"I didn't see too much crying; a lot of talking, a lot of them holding one another, scared. They were young, little ones mostly," Bell said.
He added that there were some anxious parents, but everyone was just thankful for no serious injuries.
"Well sure, yeah. I'm glad they weren't my children, but I'm glad other people's children were fine you know," Bell said.
THV 11 spoke with the driver of the logging truck off-camera. He was OK and explained that he didn't see the stopped school bus ahead in the traffic with the pumper truck in between. No word yet on if any charges will be filed in this case.