UPDATE: Dad runs out to help students involved in Kosciusko County school bus accident

WNDU has new information Thursday on yesterday’s bus crash in Kosciusko County.

The Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department released the names of the four school bus drivers. Deputies say 64-year-old Cynthia Routh was driving the first bus that stopped to let a student off. 63-year-old David Granger was the driver of the second bus, Julie Close, 47, the third and John Wagoner, 61, the fourth.

Deputies say Wagoner's bus hit the back of the third bus which then caused a chain reaction.

Wagoner was airlifted to a Fort Wayne hospital and officials say he had surgery Wednesday night and is in stable and fair condition Thursday.

Close also sustained injuries and is currently in fair condition with an unspecified leg injury.

It happened around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, just north of North Webster, in the 74-hundred block of state road 13 in Northeast Kosciusko County.
The Wawasee Community Corporation Superintendent, Dr. Thomas Edington, says with more than 125 students riding on the four busses, 50 students were treated at area hospitals, while 30 more were assessed at the middle school.

Brian and Stephanie Gagye were sitting in their office on State Road 13 when they saw their son getting off his bus.

Shortly after that, something very routine quickly turned into a horrifying situation.

“We heard two different collisions is what it sounded like. A smaller one and then the bigger one which would have been the 4th bus”, says Brian Gagye, “and then once I saw the condition of the forth bus, that's when I yelled call 911”.

“So, I am running, tripping over things trying to grab the phone to dial and as I am doing that Marcus came into the door so there was just a sigh of relief there, but the next thing was like, oh my word there’s are all of these kids the bus is smashed up pretty bad”, says Stephanie Gagye.

Their son was safe, but Brian ran out the door to help others.

“I ran up to the third bus first because all of the fuel was coming out and then all the kids were just jumping out the windows at me so I’m catching the kids and helping them down out of the windows”, Brian continues.

It wasn't just kids he helped save.

“The bus driver, he was, he sustained the most damage. He was walking real slow and he said, ‘No, my neck is fine I just have a lot of, I can hardly breathe and I have abdomen pain’, so I knew, well we have to get him off the bus, so I scooped him up carried him down the aisle and handed him down to the guys at Clarks”, says Brian.

He says authorities arrived at the scene, set up stations to assess all of the kids, ultimately getting everything under control.

The investigation is ongoing.


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