January 16, 2013 Edition

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Snow strands 155
Sloan-Hendrix students


Shantelle Prater
Staff Writer

More than two inches of snow fell Tuesday in Lawrence County stranding more than 155 students at Sloan-Hendrix School in Imboden.

"The snow was really unexpected," said Supt. Mitch Walton. "I had seen some forecasts earlier in the day, but I didn't see anything about accumulation." According to Walton, the school was dismissed early on Tuesday due to the weather. Buses left the campus at 12:25 p.m.

"Fifteen minutes later, six of our buses came back," Walton said. "Six or seven 18-wheeler trucks jackknifed on the road between Imboden and Ravenden causing our buses to return to the school."

More than 155 students waited in the school's cafeteria, while only four bus routes were able to run their scheduled routes.

"The school's parking lot was covered in about 10 minutes," said Walton. "It really caught us in a bind."

Several faculty members and emergency personnel, including officers from the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department, Arkansas State Police and volunteer emergency officials took students home in four-wheel drive vehicles.

"It was a long afternoon. We really appreciate everyone who helped and the parents for being patient and understanding with us," Walton said.

The last group of students were sent home around 5 p.m.

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