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posted Nov 30, 2017, 3:21 PM by George Beshears

Bowling Green R-1 Families,


In an effort to provide accurate information and to minimize rumors, I am writing to let our school community know that one Bowling Green R-1 School Bus (Bus 19), with 20 students and two adults aboard, transporting students home after school, was involved in a minor traffic accident this afternoon (Thursday, November, 30.)  The bus was rear-ended by a passenger car while on Business 61 in town near the USDA office.  There were no injuries and the school bus only sustained minor damage.


Immediately after notification of the accident, I went directly to the site while building principals began the process of communicating with families of those affected.  Some parents chose to pick up their children at the site, though most students were delivered home on board a bus with only a slight delay. As of 4:50 p.m. this evening, all students on the bus were safely transported home.

Per district protocol, a substitute driver and bus completed the route for the primary driver who was involved with the incident.  Also per standard protocol, the driver involved in the incident has been taken for post-incident testing and to complete some additional internal reporting.  The bus involved in the incident was driven back to the bus garage with only a dented rear bumper.


I sincerely appreciate our local agencies for their swift response and support.  Our local police chief, Don Nacke, and two officers where immediately on the scene and helped to facilitate every aspect of the incident.  The Pike County Ambulance service was also on the scene for extra precaution.  I am thankful for the continued support and care of all of our first responders providing safety for our students.

Feel free to reach out if you have any questions, and have a restful evening.



Matthew L. Frederickson, PhD


Bowling Green R-1 School District

700 West Adams Street

Bowling Green, MO 63334


Phone: 573-324-5441

Fax: 573-324-2439 



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