No trial for driver in Kansas school bus mishap

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EL DORADO, Kan. (AP) — The driver of a school bus that toppled into a south-central Kansas creek last October has been granted diversion on a single misdemeanor charge.

KWCH-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1fnTEmE ) Morris Peterson had been scheduled to go on trial Wednesday in Butler County on misdemeanor charges of reckless driving and child endangerment.

But prosecutors on Monday dropped the reckless driving charge and put the endangerment charge on hold for a year. The case will be dismissed if Peterson does not have any violations in that time.

Ten children were aboard the Douglass School District bus on Oct. 31 when high water swept it off the road and into a rain-swollen creek. Investigators said Peterson misjudged the edge of a railing on a low-water bridge.

All of the children got out through an emergency exit.

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Information from: KWCH-TV, http://www.kwch.com/

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