Feb 12, 2020 9:00 PM

Students injured in school bus accident on Kan. Turnpike

Posted Feb 12, 2020 9:00 PM
Wednesday school bus crash -photo courtesy KWCH
Wednesday school bus crash -photo courtesy KWCH

LYON COUNTY —Several children suffered minor injuries when a school bus rolled onto its side near Emporia on Wednesday morning, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.

Patrol Lt. Dave Hundley say 36 students, two teachers, a chaperone and the driver were on the bus when it went into a ditch off a slushy Kansas Turnpike about 14 miles south of Emporia.

Seventeen children were taken to Newman Regional Health for minor injuries. Some were taken to Emporia High School, who graciously cared for the students, according to Lyon County Sgt. Jacob Welsh. 

The bus was carrying students from Park Elementary School in Wichita. The  students were on their way to a Topeka for a field trip. 

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Ex-Kan. prison lab instructor wants sex crime conviction thrown out
Tomas Co photo Texas County

TOPEKA, KAN. (AP) — A former prison dental instructor who was found guilty earlier this month of one count of unlawful sexual relations with an inmate is asking a judge to throw out the conviction.

Tomas Co was convicted on one charge and found not guilty of five other charges alleging he abused female inmates working in the dental lab at the Topeka Correctional Facility.

The conviction was for a woman who said Co touched the inside of her knee and thigh.

In a motion filed Friday, Co's attorney, Chris Joseph, argued that type of touching doesn’t constitute “lewd” touching under state law. The motion also asks Shawnee County District Court Judge Cheryl Rios to acquit Co based on insufficient evidence, The Topeka Capital-Journal reported.

Joseph said he also plans to seek probation for Co, rather than the 31 to 136 months of prison time he is facing.

District Attorney Mike Kagay said his office would file arguments in response to the defense motion.

Inmates in the dental lab complained for five years about alleged sexual harassment and unwanted touching by Co, who was dismissed in December 2018.