Driver hits flatbed truck with third-graders aboard in Crow Agency

2010-09-16T14:53:00Z 2010-09-17T08:54:16Z Driver hits flatbed truck with third-graders aboard in Crow AgencyGazette Staff The Billings Gazette
September 16, 2010 2:53 pm  • 

A pickup struck a flatbed filled with dozens of Crow School third-graders Thursday morning in Crow Agency, causing what appeared to be minor injuries to many of them.

The investigation of the two-vehicle accident was continuing Thursday afternoon the BIA Police Department, Crow Agency office.

But Gene Grose, principal of Crow School, said the students were taking part in a parade to celebrate Native American Week. The third-graders were on one of six decorated flatbeds being towed by pickups on top of Gas Cap Hill in Crow Agency.

The parade hadn’t yet begun, Grose said, when a driver in a pickup plowed into the flatbed that held about 40 students. Gross said witnesses thought the pickup was driving about 35 mph, but that hadn’t been verified.

Four ambulances, along with school buses, took the injured children to the Crow/Northern Cheyenne Hospital in Crow Agency.

“So far, there are mainly bumps and bruises but nothing major yet,” Grose said Thursday afternoon.

The parade, along with a feast for parents and a mini-powwow planned for the day, was canceled, he said, because “there are too many traumatized kids and adults.”

The events will be rescheduled, Grose said.

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