SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The driver of a school bus crashed into a power pole guy wire and drove through a fence and into the side of a brick house around 9:10 Thursday morning. No students were on the bus when it crashed near Chestnut Expressway at Oak Grove Avenue.
The driver was conscious when an ambulance took him to a hospital. Springfield Police Lt. Faye Barksdale says the driver told paramedics that he reached under his seat to adjust it, cut his hand, saw the blood, and passed out, causing the crash. A piece of fence shot through the windshield and barely missed him.
City Utilities of Springfield said the crash caused 1,300 power outages in a several-block area. By 11:15, CU said, only 100 customers remained without electric service. The Springfield School District says Bingham Elementary, on Cherry Street at Barnes Avenue, and Fremont Elementary, on Fremont Avenue near Interstate 44, both lost power.