20 Students Hospitalized in South Arkansas School Bus Wreck

SEPTEMBER 28, 2006 - Posted at 8:01 a.m. CDT

ASHDOWN, AR - Twenty students were hospitalized with minor injuries after an Ashdown school bus was rear-ended by a gravel truck yesterday.  Authorities say no one suffered life-threatening injuries.

The wreck happened at about 7:30 a.m. on U.S. 71.  The students, from kindergarten through high school age, were taken to Little River Memorial Hospital in Ashdown for treatment of injuries that included bruises, bumps and neck strains.

The driver of the gravel truck, 24-year-old Calvin Collins of Fulton was cited for careless and prohibited driving.  Neither Collins nor the school bus driver, Sequoia Teehee, were injured.

The collision caused windows to shatter in the bus.

Authorities say that all of the injured students were treated and released from the hospital yesterday.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)