Pope County school bus flips over on slick roads
DOVER (KATV) -A Pope County school bus rolled over Wednesday morning while taking kids home early because of icy road conditions.
It was a terrifying few seconds for seven special needs kids riding a Dover bus that flipped over. But out of it came an act of kindness from a complete stranger that they will likely never forget.
"I was in the living room and heard like somebody was having trouble getting up the hill," said Kim Dover.
It's a route the Dover bus had taken before with no trouble. But this time was dangerously different.
"There's nothing that takes your breath away faster than seeing the bus because you know there's going to be kids on it," said Brock.
The bus, carrying seven kids and two adults, never made it to the top of the hill by Brock's home. Slick roads caused it to roll over on its side.
"I was down here very fast. We tried to help them very good," said Kim and Bella Brock, her daughter.
It was freezing, the kids were scared and crying.
"I told the teacher to take them to my house," said Kim Brock.
She kept the frightened children busy for a couple of hours.
"The one that was upset the most kept asking how he was going to get home and we kept telling him that we were going to get him another bus and he was like, 'No, no,'" said Kim Brock.
Brock and her daughter made their unexpected company feel at home--in their own ways.
"I made them peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and passed out sprite," said Kim. "We played Barbies and we watched TV and played board games," said Bella proudly.
Dover schools superintendent, Jerry Owens, said he was relieved to hear what the Brocks did to keep the kids calm.
"It's just a great feeling to know that these people kick in and do what they do to take care of our kids," he said.
"I didn't do anything that I wouldn't think any other parent wouldn't do. When you see kids in need you just help," said Kim Brock.
As of Wednesday evening, the bus was still flipped over on the side of the road. The superintendent said the roads are so dangerously icy the county won't let wreckers go out until conditions improve, which probably won't be until Thursday morning.