School Bus Crash 911 Call Released - - ABC13

School Bus Crash 911 Call Released


Reporter:  David Tate

Fincastle, VA - Thursday the Botetourt County Sheriff's Office released the 911 call placed by a student just moments after a school bus flipped on the way to school Wednesday.

Officials say 13 students and the driver were injured. That driver charged with reckless driving.

9-1-1 dial tones with screaming in the background.

Student 1 - "Oh my God! Oh my God!"

Student 2 - "Guys, where are we?"

Student 3 - "We're on Zion's Hill."


3rd Student - "Call 9-1-1."

Dispatch - "9-1-1?"

2nd Student - "Ummm.. our bus just wrecked."

The caller is calm and cool as mayhem goes on around her.

Student 2 - "The bus is upside down."

Dispatch - "The bus is upside down?"

Student 2- "Yes ma'am."

Student 2- "And everyone's out of the bus now."

Dispatch - "Everybody's out of the bus?"

Student 2- "Yes, ma'am."

She does her best to describe to emergency dispatch what just happened.

Long pause as the sounds of various children and adults can be heard.

Student 2- "I don't, I don't... I don't know if everyone's ok."

Within minutes, rescue is on the way but in the meantime, the young caller can only wait and assure her friends.

Unknown - "Are you hurt anywhere?"

Student 2- 911's coming. Guys just calm down, calm down, calm down. Calm down everyone."

At the five- minute mark, a man's voice can be heard making it to the scene but clearly at least one student is in significant pain.

Student 2 - "Keep it down, keep it down."

Man - "Are you ok... are you ok? Here's some water. Get some water."

90 seconds later... deputies are also on the scene.

Dispatch - "You make sure when the rescue squad gets there they look at you, ok?"

Student 2 - "Ok."

Dispatch - "How's the bus driver?"

Student 2 - "The police are here."

In that tape, the student was asked where the bus driver was and the reply came back that she was helping the students off the bus.

That driver, 35-year-old Mary Esque, did suffer minor injuries. Esque is on paid leave pending the outcome of this investigation.

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