Child seriously injured in freeway school bus crash

Published On: Dec 24 2013 11:56:48 AM HST   Updated On: Nov 19 2013 05:48:01 PM HST

A 7-year-old girl was hospitalized in serious condition after a collision between a school bus and a Jeep Tuesday, according to Emergency Medical Services officials.

The crash happened at around noon on Moanalua Freeway in the westbound direction near the Fort Shafter off-ramp.

Forty-four people were on the bus -- four teachers/chaperones and 40 children, ages 5 to 7.

The 7-year-old girl was treated for a head injury.  The other children were transported to the hospital in stable condition or to be checked out.

The four teachers/chaperones were not injured.  The driver of the Jeep refused treatment and the bus driver was not injured.

All of the patients were taken to three separate hospitals with the help of a city bus and two private school buses.

EMS officials say the bus was hit by the Jeep.  The driver of the Jeep was apparently dodging tire debris from a semi tractor-trailer.

The Department of Education says the students on the bus are first-graders.  Two bus loads of children from Kapolei Elementary School were on a field trip to the Judiciary in Downtown Honolulu.  One of the two buses was involved in the collision.

The parents of all of the children were notified.

EMS officials say all of the children should be back at Kapolei Elementary School on Wednesday.

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