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Bus driver's medical condition impacted the cause of the Bonner Springs crash

Bus driver's medical condition impacted the cause of the Bonner Springs crash

By Associated Press. CREATED Nov 16, 2013

BONNER SPRINGS, Kan. (AP) The Kansas Highway Patrol says a school bus driver's medical condition directly impacted the cause of a crash that injured the driver and 22 middle school students.

The Kansas City Star reports the Aug. 21 accident outside Bonner Springs injured the driver and 22 sixth-grade girls from the Pembroke Hill School in Kansas City. The injuries included broken collar bones and concussions.

The patrol investigation says video shows the 66-year-old driver's hands weren't on the steering wheel and his head was dropped down as the bus took a highway exit curve too fast and overturned.

Investigators said the driver was taking medication for high blood pressure and diabetes, and his condition had a direct impact on the crash.

The report was sent to the Wyandotte County District Attorney's office.