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School bus was stranded on hill between creeks near Ava

kids, driver are fine

April 18, 2013|Posted by Chris Brewer, web editor | cbrewer@schurz.com

AVA, Mo. -- Ten children and a school bus driver became stranded on a hill between two low water crossings that overtook a county road near Ava on Thursday morning.  Douglas County Sheriff Chris Degase said the children and the bus driver went to a nearby home and waited out the situation.  The children and driver are all okay, and the bus did not drive into any water.

The bus was driving down County Road 305 when the driver came to a low water crossing.  The driver turned around and attempted to head back the way they had come, but water had overtaken the road in a spot that was previously passable, Degase said.  The group stayed on the hill until the creeks subsided.

Editor's note: Emergency management officials in Douglas County initially said the event was a water rescue involving a school bus, and the National Weather Service relayed the information as well.  However, Degase stressed the bus driver never drove into any water.

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