Man describes chaos after school bus ended in his yard

“I don’t know what to say. Devastation.”

Nine injured in crash, names of bus driver and dump truck driver released

SEDGWICK, Ark. (KAIT) - A crash Tuesday afternoon forced a school bus to land right in a Sedgwick man’s yard.

Man talks about chaos after Hoxie school bus crash.
Man talks about chaos after Hoxie school bus crash. (Source: KAIT)
Crews responded to the school bus crash Tuesday afternoon and had to work the scene in Brown's yard.
Crews responded to the school bus crash Tuesday afternoon and had to work the scene in Brown's yard. (Source: KAIT)
Brown had trees that lined the front of his home and the crash left all of them displaced.
Brown had trees that lined the front of his home and the crash left all of them displaced. (Source: KAIT)

Arkansas State Police said in a news release that a dump truck traveling south on Highway 63, driven by Houston Franks, hit the rear end of the bus as it began to turn off the highway onto Lawrence County Road 703.

The crash caused the bus, driven by Jeremy Parmer, to veer off the road and overturn.

Steven Brown was not home at the time of the crash, but when he got there he said the scene was complete chaos.

“I don’t know what to say,"Brown said. “Devastation.”

He saw cars lined up, the front end of a dump truck demolished, and a bus overturned in his yard.

Brown’s brother was the first to tell him.

“He said, ‘You know, Bud, I’m not trying to trip you out or anything, but it’s in your yard. It’s right where your red truck used to be,’” Brown said.

Brown had trees that lined the front of his home and it left many of them displaced.

“My landlord didn’t like the fact that there were trees in the ditch. I said, 'Bud you have to understand something when they hit them rumble strips, I hear it all the time. I sit right here in the corner of the house here. That could save my life. It could bounce them off that tree and now that big monster tree is gone.’”

Despite the damage, he’s glad no one died.

“Vehicles can be replaced, houses can be fixed, but you can’t bring a life back,” he said.

When asked what's next for him, Brown said he didn't know.

“Never dealt with anything like this," he said. "I don’t even know where to start.”

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