Heading to North Platte High School in Dearborn for a high school basketball doubleheader, the Wellington-Napoleon R-9 School bus was involved in a traffic crash on Thursday.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred as a southbound vehicle, driven by 32-year-old John Gaage, of Independence, reportedly was traveling in the northbound lane of the roadway and struck head-on the bus, driven by 63-year-old William Madden, of Excelsior Springs.
The report says Gaage was pronounced dead at the North Kansas City Hospital by a doctor at 5:07 p.m.
Madden was transported to Liberty Hospital via Osage E.M.S. for treatment of moderate injuries.
A text alert sent out by the school district says students and staff were shaken up but everyone is OK. Some were treated at the scene by E.M.S. The basketball games were canceled, and the staff members and students were transported back to Wellington-Napoleon High School.
The crash happened about 4:20 p.m. on Missouri Highway 291, south of Missouri Route 210, north of Sugar Creek.