Motorcyclist dies in crash with school bus

A motorcyclist died in a motorcycle and school bus collision this morning near South 7th and Homer in Kansas City, Kansas. The accident was investigated by Kansas City, Kansas, police, and a cleanup was taking place on South 7th, which was closed to traffic between Central and I-70. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)

by Mary Rupert

A motorcyclist died in a crash with a school bus this morning near South 7th and Homer in Kansas City, Kansas. No children were hurt in the accident, a school district spokeswoman said.

About 8:44 a.m. Sept. 25, police responded to an accident call at South 7th and Homer Avenue, a police spokesman stated.

A white motorcycle had struck the side of a Kansas City, Kansas, Public Schools bus, the police spokesman stated.

The driver of the motorcycle, a man in his early 20s, was dead when officers arrived, according to the police spokesman. There were no other injuries reported.

Traffic was blocked off on South 7th Street north of the I-70 ramp, and on 7th Street south of Central Avenue, while the investigation was ongoing.

Nine pre-kindergarten children were on the bus at the time of the accident, and there were no injuries to the children, said Melissa Bedford Fears, spokeswoman for the Kansas City, Kansas, Public Schools.

“The children were not hurt, and they were able to go on to school,” she said.

The children were transferred to another school district bus and taken to their school after the accident, she said.

Counselors and the district’s crisis team were sent to the school to be available to speak with students today, she said.

The accident is under investigation by the Kansas City, Kansas, Police Department’s Traffic Support Unit-Critical Collision Response Team.

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