Once child hurt in school bus crash in Brownstown

One child was injured after a school bus was struck nearly head-on by a pickup truck in Jackson County.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Department says that at about 3:45 p.m. on Thursday, deputies, as well as officers with the Brownstown Police Department, responded to the crash on U.S. 50 near County Road 790 West.

Investigators say that the driver of the pickup, Larry J. Pate, of Vallonia, told officers that he dozed off.  Investigators say that Pate’s truck crossed the center line, then smashed into the front of the bus being driven by Connie Sue Prarie, of Heltonville. Sheriff’s Deputy Robert Henley says there were 21 children on the bus at the time of the crash.

One child, who was unidentified, complained of pain. He was taken to Schneck Medical Center. His condition is unknown.