One person was killed and 14 children were injured following a rollover crash involving a Clark County School District bus Thursday morning. A car collided with the bus which was full of children and headed to Bailey Middle School.
According to Metro Police, the injuries to most of the students are moderate. The driver of the other vehicle died and the passenger, a child, in that car was critically injured.
The students, who are between 11 and 16 years old, were taken to UMC for treatment.
The crash happened at Carey Avenue and Nellis Boulevard around 8:30 a.m. Officers closed the entire area to traffic for most of the day as they investigated.
There were 48 children on the bus at the time of the crash, according to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.
“I didn’t really know what was going on,” said Leyli Benitez, a student who on the bus. She described the situation as scary when the bus tipped over. “There was a lot of kids freaking out.”
Another student, 13-year-old Kristianna Norris said, we felt a bump and it tipped over and everyone was screaming. She said, the students decided to go out the back emergency door. “He twisted it and pushed it out really hard and he opened it and people were like, ‘Oh let’s go, it’s open from the back.’ Everyone got out.”
The bus driver is also being credited for helping get the students off the bus quickly and calling for help.
There was some chaos moments after the crash as parents arrived at the scene and saw the school bus on its side. The parents were desperate for information on their children.
The parents were asked to go to the nearby Lowes parking lot and waited to be briefed. Two hours after the crash, police began reuniting parents with their children. An hour after, all students had been accounted for and families had been notified.
There is no word yet on who may be at fault for the crash.