Police investigate accident after bus strikes motorcycle

One person was airlifted to the hospital in serious condition.
One person was airlifted to the hospital in serious condition.

DECATUR, AL (WAFF) - One man was airlifted to the hospital after a bus hit his motorcycle in Decatur.

The red Harley Davidson motorcycle and bus collided on 6th Avenue and Gordon Drive around 8:30 a.m.

Officials said 40 kids and six adults from West Decatur Elementary were on the bus heading to Bridgestreet for a movie as part of their summer program.

Police said 57-year-old Ronnie White of Moulton was headed west on Gordon Drive. The bus was headed east, turned left on 6th Avenue and collided with the motorcycle.

Shantell Hampton's son was on the school bus.

"My sister-in-law called and told me, Your son has been in an accident.' I panicked and rushed up here," she said.

White was airlifted to Huntsville Hospital in serious condition. He was taken to surgery.

The children were taken to Banks Cadell Elementary where parents could pick them up.

Minor injuries were reported in some of the students. None of the students or teachers were taken to the hospital.

Stephen Hampton went home with an ice pack on his head.

"Like my whole head it broke, like my whole head," he said.

Shantell said school buses need seat belts.

"They can fly through the seat, flip over something, go through the windshields, any little thing so yes they definitely need seatbelts on them," she said.

Supervisor of School Safety Dwight Satterfield said protocol was followed, letters were sent home with parents, and counselors will be available to students. Satterfield also contacted the state board of education to tell them a school bus was involved in an accident.

Police are viewing surveillance video from the bus and talking to witnesses. They haven't said who was at fault in the crash.

The driver of the bus will be drug tested.

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