Robert McAdams, driver of Caddo school bus 477, had to have his right foot and part of his shin amputated on Tuesday after a bizarre bus crash on Monday morning.
Shreveport Police and Caddo Parish School Board members say McAdams was bringing students to Caddo Middle Magnet when part of a gate swung open, possibly because of heavy winds, and struck the bus. The metal pole went through the side and struck McAdams in the leg.
"We are just really in shock. This is something you don't expect to happen. I've been driving for 29 years and nothing has ever happened like that, before," said friend and fellow bus driver, Toni Giles.
After the crash McAdams was rushed to LSU Medical Center in serious condition. At last check his condition had not changed.
Police investigators say the crash is still under investigation. When KSLA News 12 asked what caused the gate to swing open and why the gate was not chained in place, police said they were still investigating and the answers to those questions could come in later weeks.
The bus drivers who know McAdams the best spoke exclusively to KSLA News 12 about the accident. Despite the injuries, friends and co-works say they are not losing hope.
"We all love him. The more prayers you have, the better we know this person has a chance at pulling through," said Bessie Blanchard.
"Unforeseen things happen in life, so this is one of those things. We just all have to pull together and help Mister McAdams get through this. And, we know that we can do it by pulling together," said Shelia Clark.
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