February 25, 2024

Wreck involving Adair County school bus prompts investigation

An early Sunday morning head-on collision involving a school bus in neighboring Adair County is being investigated by police.

According to the Columbia Police Department, the crash happened early Sunday morning, after 1 a.m.

Margaret Moran, age 64, was driving a Ford Edge when she crossed the center line while coming up Jamestown Hill, striking a school bus head-on. The bus had 18 Adair County students and five adults on board, including the driver. The group was returning from a trip to Washington D.C.

Moran and the bus driver, 63-year-old Richard Redman, were treated at TJ Samson Columbia. The other occupants waived transport at the scene, according to police.

Officers obtained a search warrant for Moran’s DNA, which was extracted at TJ Samson ER. The investigation is ongoing with charges, pending DNA results.