Rescue worker's daughter was on bus involved in crash

2011-09-08T11:15:00Z 2011-09-08T13:35:21Z Rescue worker's daughter was on bus involved in crashTammy Real-McKeighan/News Editor Fremont Tribune
September 08, 2011 11:15 am  • 

It's something no parent ever wants.

But when rescue worker Jim Snyder reached the scene of a school bus accident on Wednesday, he discovered his own daughter was on the bus.

The accident occurred before 8 a.m. when witnesses say a van collided with the back of a middle school bus stopped at railroad tracks that cross the U.S. Highways 30-275 bypass.

The van driver, Joshua R. Abraham, 21, of Elkhorn, was transported by medical helicopter to Creighton Medical Center in Omaha. Nine Fremont Middle School students were transported to Fremont Area Medical Center where they were treated for minor injuries and released. The rest of the 55 students were taken to Prairie Fields Family Medical Center as a precautionary measure.

Snyder is the emergency medical services coordinator for the Fremont Rural Fire Department.

"This is something you can train and train for and never be prepared for," he said.

At first, Snyder thought the school bus was empty.

"Then you pull up and you think, ‘Oh, this isn't going to be good,'" he said.

Snyder checked a couple of students who complained of neck and head injuries. When he learned the bus was carrying middle school students, Snyder asked if his daughter, Katheryne, was on the bus. The students said, "yes."

Katheryne was at the front of the bus.

Snyder checked on his daughter.

"She was OK," he said.

Katheryne did have a slight cut on her forehead from her glasses.

Snyder asked his daughter about three or four times if she wanted to go to the hospital, but she wanted to go to Prairie Fields.

He added he could tell students were "pretty much shaken up" by the accident. Some children at the accident could be seen holding their necks. At least one girl was crying.

Fremont Public Schools officials said it is policy that students be taken to a doctor any time a minor accident occurs.

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