DES MOINES, Iowa -- With Christmas just weeks away, the Thompson family's stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that Saint Nicholas soon would be there.
"He's getting older now. He's two-and-a-half and he knows who Santa Claus is and he's excited," said Xanthe' Thompson, the mother of Zayne.
On Thursday afternoon, a Des Moines Public School bus came barreling into their home, possibly ruining young Zayne and his family's Christmas wishes.
"I got a phone call on my work phone from Des Moines police saying a bus struck my house," said J'Sean Thompson, Xanthe's husband.
No family members were home at the time and all five students on the bus, as well as the driver, were uninjured. However, the house is now unlivable.
J'Sean said, "They cut all the utilities off because it hit my power box."
Des Moines police believe the driver's foot became wedged in between the gas and brake while traveling near 6th and Douglas, sending the school bus off the road.
"It is kind of traumatizing," J'Sean said.
The Thompsons are just thankful the crash didn't occur Friday, J'Sean's birthday, when he would have been outside hanging lights on their wrap-around porch. He said, "I'm glad they're okay. I'm glad my family is okay. All that can be replaced."
Having homeowner's insurance has lightened the blow, but home for holidays may be out of the question.
"We don't know how long we are out of the house. We are just taking it day by day," said Xanthe.
The Thompsons are staying with extended family now. The driver is currently on administrative leave, and the bus will be inspected for any mechanical issues; both are standard procedure for the school district following an accident.
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