Emergency medical personnel remove an injured student from the scene Tuesday after an accident involving three Watson Chapel school buses. The accident occurred on Highway 79, just south of the Interstate 530 overpass, shortly after school was dismissed Tuesday afternoon. (Special to the Commercial/William Harvey)
A chain-reaction accident involving three Watson Chapel School District buses Tuesday afternoon resulted in what were believed to be minor injuries to two students, according to police.
Pine Bluff Police Department Lt. JoAnn Bates said three buses were all traveling north on U.S. 79/Camden Road at about 3:20 p.m., when the two lead buses both slowed down, and the third bus hit the back of the second bus, knocking it into the first bus.
Bates said two students were taken by ambulance to Jefferson Regional Medical Center — after the accident, a procedure Watson Chapel School District Superintendent Danny Hazelwood said was “normal.
“If there’s any question, we’re going to get them checked out,” he said.
Names of the students who were injured were not immediately available.
Hazelwood said the buses had just turned north off Sulphur Springs Road onto the highway when the accident occurred.
“It (the accident) was unfortunate but it doesn’t surprise me with the volume of traffic in that area,” Hazelwood said. “There are parents anxious to get their kids picked up and we run 34 to 38 buses every day.”
Hazelwood said while he didn’t know the exact number of students on the three buses.
“They were probably close to full because they (the students) had just been picked up,” he said.
Two of the three buses sustained damage and Hazelwood said that while school district officials expect to be able to repair one of them, the other would require time in a body shop.
Bates said police are continuing their investigation into the accident.