HOOPESTON -- Parents got a voice-mail notifying them their student had been in a school bus accident. Four students were taken to the hospital after the bus hit a cow. It happened on Route 9 after a cow escaped from a cattle farm. WCIA-3's Megan Brilley has the details.
The driver couldn't stop in time. The cattle farm is just a few feet from the road. It created a very scary situation for the 33 kids on board the bus.
"We were just driving to school."
It was a normal Monday for 6th grader Destinie Kissee. She was sitting on Bus 12, chatting with friends when it started to swerve all over the road.
"He hit the brakes really hard. I got scared."
Kissee says her teacher fell to the floor of the bus and students were knocked out of their seats.
"I didn't really know what was going on. Everyone was saying something hit the front of the bus."
When they looked outside a cow was lifeless in front of the bus.
"I was freaking out. My leg was hurting. I bruised my leg badly."
Kissee and three of her friends were put in an ambulance and taken to a local hospital.
"I got a text message saying, 'We hit a cow.' I thought it was a joke."
So did a lot of the students. But, to Janis Redmond, it was no laughing matter.
"There was a deadly accident there a few years back."
Redmond says drivers speed on Route 9 and cows are constantly breaking free of the fence.
Parents hope the accident will serve as a wake up call for the community. They're happy to have their kids home and safe.
"They were lucky."
Aside from some bumps and bruises, no one was serious hurt. The bus wasn't seriously damaged and is still running.
HOOPESTON -- A school bus hit a cow Monday morning on the way to school. It happened just west of the routes 1 and 9 intersection.
The superintendent says 33 kids were on board. EMT's checked all of them. Four students went to the hospital and were treated and released.
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