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Bus goes off road, into flooded cropland near Milltown

MILLTOWN — A school bus with only the driver on board went off the road Monday afternoon and into flooded cropland along the James River, authorities said.

The bus is owned by B-J School Buses Inc., of Scotland, and was being operated for the Parkston School District. The Hutchinson County Sheriff’s Office said no citations will be issued, and the driver was transported to the Parkston hospital for evaluation.

The bus went off the road at about 4:30 p.m. about one-half mile east of Milltown on Keiper Road, just east of the James River Bridge.

It was later pulled out of the water by Dick’s Body Shop, of Mitchell, at about 7:30 p.m. Officials said the 63-year-old driver exited the bus out of an emergency exit. The vehicle was sitting in about 3 feet of water and the water never entered the area for passengers.

Parkston Ambulance, Parkston Fire and the Hutchinson County Sheriff’s Office responded. No students were on the bus.

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