STONE COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Many parents are at ease after an early morning bus accident sent several kids to the hospital in Stone County. The wreck happened just after 7 a.m. Friday on West McHenry Road when a truck rear-ended a school bus. Stone County School District leaders say the bus was holding more than 40 Perkinston Elementary students.
No major injuries were reported, but it was an emergency no one wants to hear.
"We received a phone call that there was an accident involving a school bus and that a school bus of children would be arriving at the hospital," David Burkart said.
Burkart, COO of Stone County Hospital, said his staff kicked into high gear making sure all kids from the bus were accounted for and unharmed.
The children were put onto another school bus after the accident. Eighth grader Zachary Bond said he was sitting on the second to last row when the accident happened.
"I was two rows from the back," Zachary said. "I heard the squealing of the breaks going across the road. I turned back and saw it hit the corner of the bus. The windshield came out. He got a couple cuts. He started rolling backwards."
Zachary said after the accident, he didn't know what to do, so he helped make sure the younger children were okay and stayed calm until first responders arrived.
"It was all just happening at once. It was my first wreck, so I didn't know what I was doing. It was just going so fast and all that adrenaline was pumping, so I didn't feel anything. I was just winging it, I guess," Zachary said.
Meanwhile, parents of those children rushed to the hospital.
"I was just hoping that they were okay," Waylon Grizzard said.
Grizzard had two kids on the bus. He said even though they walked away with minor injuries, as a parent, he was still worried.
"It was amazing," Grizzard said. "They were smiling, laughing, still joking and everything else like it didn't even bother them. They're children."
"One thing I do want to say is that I'm very proud of my staff, because they have kept it completely organized, been so efficient and kept the children very calm and engaged," Burkart said.
"They did an awesome job on executing how to get them here, how to get them off the bus, how to get them in and out. They did an awesome job. Thank you Stone County," Grizzard said with a smile.