- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 8, 2015

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Four students and one adult were injured Wednesday when a Tulsa school bus carrying the children home slid off a highway and down an embankment after a cell of powerful thunderstorms moved through the city.

The Tulsa Public Schools children and the adult were taken to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries, and Emergency Medical Services Authority spokeswoman Kelli Bruer said it wasn’t clear if the adult was the bus driver.

Authorities said 10 students and the bus driver were on board the vehicle when it crashed. School district spokesman Chris Payne said the bus was taking students home from Project Accept, an alternative elementary school.

Tulsa Police Officer Leland Ashley said investigators believe the wet pavement from the recent storms and the speed of the bus contributed to the crash. He said the most serious injury that he was aware of was a broken leg.

“We’re extremely lucky we didn’t have more injuries,” he said.

Images from area television stations showed a trail of deep tire ruts the bus made in the grass as it skidded off U.S. 75, down an embankment and landed on its side. The images also showed that the bus appeared to have hit a light pole and a guardrail before skidding down the embankment.

“Certainly the outcome so far looks good and the injuries are non-life threating at this point, but we’ve taken all precautions,” Bruer said. “So far, this looks like a good outcome for the type of incident.”

Severe weather moved through Oklahoma on Wednesday and more storms in the state and other parts of the southern Plains were expected to develop later Wednesday and Thursday.

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