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School bus overturns with 20 students aboard


Montana Highway Patrol officers investigate the scene of a school bus accident on Highway 87 east in Billings early Thursday morning. The bus was carrying students on their way to Billings Senior High School. 
 (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)
Montana Highway Patrol officers investigate the scene of a school bus accident on Highway 87 east in Billings early Thursday morning. The bus was carrying students on their way to Billings Senior High School. (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)
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BILLINGS – A bus carrying about 20 students to Billings Senior High School on Thursday morning went off the highway and slid down an embankment on its side.

Initial reports indicate no one was seriously injured, but the school district said nine students were taken to local hospitals, the Billings Gazette reported on its Web site.

One student was taken to the ambulance on a backboard.

The bus went off U.S. Highway 87 shortly after 7 a.m.

Students who were not injured were taken to a nearby gas station and given hot chocolate and phones to call home, said Dawn Davis, assistant manager of the Lockwood Exxon.

One student, Kyle Duneman, told the Gazette:

“The bus kept going straight at the corner, and the driver, Corky, said the accelerator stuck.”

Several other students appeared unscathed after the accident.

“I hope I don’t have to go to school today,” said Jordan Simpson. “All I did was cut my finger.”

Students who did not need medical attention were picked up by their parents or driven to school in other buses.

The highway patrol and the Yellowstone County Sheriff’s Office were investigating the accident.

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