First responders took a student and a woman to an area hospital on Friday for examination of non-serious injuries after a car rear-ended a USD 377 school bus.

The collision affected a boy aboard the bus and a woman who drove her 2005 Chevrolet Impala into the school bus at about 7 a.m. Friday, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol. The bus had been transporting students for Atchison County Community Schools.

The Highway Patrol said in an online crash log that the collision happened about five miles west of Atchison along U.S. Highway 73.

The Highway Patrol said that Skylar D. Coady, 21, of Atchison, ran into the school bus after the bus driver, Kimberly J. Myers, 56, of Lancaster, slowed down to turn south off the highway onto Lincoln Road. Coady didn’t slow down behind the bus, the highway patrol said, resulting in a collision.

The school bus had 12 children aboard at the time of the crash, including student Dylan Mullins, 12, of Atchison. Coady and Mullins suffered possible minor injuries, prompting their transport from the scene to Atchison Hospital for examination. Coady, Myers and all 12 pupils aboard Myers’ bus had been wearing safety restraints at the time of the crash, the Highway Patrol said.

“Thanks to all those that assisted our students and driver during this incident,” the district said in a statement posted to Facebook. “All parents have been notified. The support of Atchison County is strong.”

Superintendent Andrew Gaddis of USD 377 confirmed on Friday afternoon that no one suffered serious injuries in the incident. The school bus, a 2005 model manufactured by Integrated Coach Corp., didn’t need to be towed as a result of the crash, as it sustained mostly cosmetic damage. It is expected to remain operational, Gaddis said.

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