Today, our eighth graders were going to Havre for their annual field trip. Our third bus, our handicapped bus, was struck head on by a vehicle that crossed into our lane. Unfortunately, our bus driver, Jim Belcher and the driver of the other car died at the scene. Jim was a long time activity driver for our district and will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to both driver’s families.
We had four students and a chaperone sent to Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow for non-life threatening injuries. Upon further examination, one of our students was flown to Billings to receive treatment for non-life threatening injuries. All students and our chaperone are doing well.
I was really impressed with our first responders at the accident site; the Glasgow and Long Run Fire Departments, the EMTs, Sheriff, Glasgow Police, Highway Patrol. Their preparation and professionalism was amazing.
Our hospital is second to none. When I arrived, again I was impressed with our community. Of course the people on call were there, but some who were not supposed to be there showed up to make sure all of their bases were covered. CEO Randy Holom came down to see if we needed anything. First class operation.
I am very proud of our school staff. They have risen to the challenge in this unfortunate situation. They have supported our kids and have helped their peers deal with their emotional day.
We are a small, very connected community, therefore, we will have all of our school counselors available for student and staff support. If you have any questions please contact your child’s support.