School bus crash

UPDATED @ 6 p.m.

The 17-year-old driver of the car has been identified as Teddy Volchko, a senior at Davis County High School. Volchko was on his way to school when his Ford Taurus collided with the school bus. The crash occured at a sharp curve north of Lebanon, but the Van Buren Sherrif's department is still investigating the cause of the accident.

Volchko's aunt Tish Snider said that he is heavily sedated and in a lot of pain at the University of Iowa Hospital. He has two broken legs, a dislocated elbow and a broken finger. He is scheduled for surgery on Tuesday to place rods and screws in each of his legs and his hand.

"It could have been a lot worse," Snider said. "Our family is very relieved to hear that the passengers of the bus are okay."

UPDATED @ 4:30 p.m.

Twelve of the students involved in the crash were transported by ambulance to Van Buren County Hospital, according to Debbie Randolph, Director of Hospital Public Relations. The students were given x-rays as a precautionary measure.

"In the impact, they hit their chests on the seat in front of them, but mostly they're just going to be a little sore," Randolph said. "Otherwise they're okay."

The remaining students were taken to the hospital via a district bus. They were also examined as a precationary measure, but all the students were released to their parents later in the day. Several of them were able to return to school.

Van Buren Superintendent Lisa Beames said she appreciated the help of the Van Buren police and the Van Buren County Hospital, and was thankful none of the kids were seriously hurt.

One person was seriously injured in a head on crash involving a school bus Monday morning in Van Buren County.

According to the Van Buren County Sheriff TMs Office, the school bus driver was not injured, while the children on the school bus were taken to Van Buren County Hospital as a precaution.

The driver of the car, a 17 year old male from Douds, was taken to Van Buren County Hospital before being flown to University of Iowa Hospital, for treatment of serious injuries.

The crash occurred around 8:00 Monday morning on Route V64 north of Lebanon.