Forder Elementary bus hit by car, no students injured

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No students were injured when a truck hit a Mehlville School District bus loaded with children headed to Forder Elementary Tuesday morning.

The truck rear-ended the bus at about 8:30 a.m., Mehlville Director of Communications & Public Relations John Wolff said.

No children on board the bus were injured, and they were only a few minutes late to school.

“I just heard about this half an hour ago,” Wolff said in an email at 11:53 a.m. “That’s how minor it was.”

The district typically notifies parents after such incidents, but notice to parents of the children involved in the Forder bus collision did not go out until about 9:30 a.m., an hour after the incident.

The delay in sending a message to parents came because a parent was talking to Forder Principal Whitney Maus about the collision, Wolff said.

All parents received a phone call. Although some Mehlville schools have sent out notification of minor bus crashes through schoolwide text messaging systems, it was unclear whether Forder had such a system.

“Text messages (to the whole school) don’t help when we’re only talking about one bus,” Wolff said.