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Driver keeps students safe when bus slides off icy Lincoln Co. road

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Driver Rachel Corss kept all students aboard the bus she was driving safe when it slid off an icy Lincoln Co road on Friday. Credit: KMOV Driver Rachel Corss kept all students aboard the bus she was driving safe when it slid off an icy Lincoln Co road on Friday. Credit: KMOV
TROY, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Students were scrambling to get home Friday night, but the rough road conditions made it nearly impossible. In Lincoln County, some students were stuck at school while others were on a bus.

School buses were on a two-hour delay, but when they hit the road Friday night it was still treacherous.

"That was the hardest night I've ever had," said Rachel Cross, a school bus driver.

Cross said she gets emotional just thinking about it. She's been a bus driver for Lincoln County schools for 10 years.

"All I kept thinking was ‘oh my gosh if one of these children were to get hurt how could I ever live with myself," said Cross.

On Friday night, her bus slid off the road. Fortunately, she got all 17 middle school students off the bus safely.

Cross said, "The fact that we could have really been hurt all of them. That is my worst nightmare to ever hurt a child."

Sarah Moeller's daughters were on that bus. She said, "That was just such a helpless feeling, I knew the situation was way bigger than what I can control or what I can do."

All 17 students hiked about a quarter mile up Highway U in Troy, to the Falls Veterinarian Clinic to get picked up.

While everyone on the bus made it home safely, about 36 students were forced to spend the night at school. Those kids were picked up Saturday morning.

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