Pottawatomie County officials to simulate bus crash

By The Mercury

The driver will die and 13 students will be injured this Saturday when a Wamego USD 320 school bus overturns in a ditch west of Louisville.

The fatality and injuries will be simulated, however, as part of a drill involving law enforcement, fire and medical personnel throughout Pottawatomie County.

“It’s going to be really big and we’ll see how well we can manage it,” Chris Trudo, emergency management director, told Pottawatomie County Commissioners Monday.

The simulated bus rollover accident will begin at 10 a.m., near the intersection of Flint Rock Road and Settler’s Road, 3 miles west of Louisville.

To add authenticity to the drill, a USD 320 bus damaged in an accident two years ago will be used for the simulation.

The bus will be overturned in a ditch at the designated intersection, Trudo said.

In addition to law enforcement and fire personnel, the simulation will include the Pott County Health Department, Emergency Medical Services, local Boy Scout Troops (to represent injured students), and the hospitals at Wamego, Onaga and St. Marys.

“Thirteen ‘injured’ students are going to show up at the doorstep of all three hospitals and they’re going to have to deal with it,” Trudo said.

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