VENETA, Ore. - A bus carrying Elmira High School's boys basketball team was heading home from Cascade High School on Thursday night, December 28, when they hit a guardrail. From there the Bus Barn said proper protocol wasn't followed.
According to the Fern Ridge School District Superintendent, Gary Carpenter Jr., he wasn't notified of the accident until the next morning. He said the driver reported that a water bottle had gotten lodged under the brake, causing the accident.
The Bus Barn said from there the driver should have stopped and called for help. Then the situation would have been assessed and the proper measures would have been taken. The Bus Barn said if those procedures had been followed, they wouldn't have allowed that bus to then be driven the rest of the way home, they said it wasn't in acceptable condition.
Some parents said they found out about the incident from their children, others said they found out from other parents. They were upset that they weren't officially notified about the accident.
"And I'm kind of surprised that the bus barn, the bus driver, someone hasn't notified us. Whether that be the coach or the bus barn, someone should have had some responsibility to notify the parents that, hey, the kids were involved in a crash," said Tressa Miller, a parent of one of the children on the bus.
The Bus Barn said the driver will be being disciplined, and they'll be working hard to ensure that nothing like this happens again.