RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) - A school bus overturned Wednesday afternoon as a result of the winter weather conditions.

A dispatcher with the Pope County Sheriff's Office said the accident happened about 4 p.m. in the 200 block of Alaskan Trail.

"He was coming down a county road called Alaskan Trail about half way down that road there was a curve to the right and the bus just slid to the left because of the conditions of the road," said Pope County Sheriff Aaron Duvall.

The dispatcher said the bus involved is with the Russellville City School District and there wereseven studentson board.Threestudents and the driverare said to haveminor injuries; they were taken to an area hospital for evaluation and later released.

The other children returned home either through their parents or the sheriff's office.

Sheriff Duvall added that the county did close the road where the school bus accident happened this afternoon, and it will remain closed to through traffic.

The storm brought a combination of rain, sleet and snow to the area. Drivers along I-40 near Russellville found themselves in the thick of it late afternoon.

At Arkansas Tech, students were enjoying another dose of winter weather.

"I'm 100 percent ok with it," exclaimed freshman Michael Henson, who initially didn't thionk the snow would stick. "Probably rolling around in the snow like an idiot with my friend... I have the potential to be ambushed for snowball fights, so I'm keeping my eyes peeled for that."

He's hoping for a snow day Thursday - but the university says it won't make the call into early Thursday morning.

The university did cancel night classes and sent staff home around four Wednesday afternoon because of the storm.

As for roads, Sheriff Duvall expected the county judge would have crews working overnight.

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