- A school bus has flipped on its side in a hit-and-run accident in Pennsylvania, sending more than a dozen people to the hospital. According to police, the driver was trying to pass two tractor- trailers with oversized loads and the escort vehicle where the road narrows to one lane.
The male driver of the sedan continued heading east, investigators say.
Lancaster General Hospital confirms that 16 people have been taken to the hospital, 15 students and the driver. One child was ejected from the bus during the crash and had to be airlifted to a local hospital. Both adults and 12 of the students have since been released, a hospital spokesperson said today.
Images from the scene showed the bus lying on its right side with its front caved in and windshield shattered.
The bus was transporting students 7 to 18 years old from Chester County.
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Police said four vehicles were involved in the Wednesday morning crash: a tractor trailer, an escort vehicle for the tractor trailer, the missing auto and the school bus.
A PennDOT spokesperson says there were multiple injuries to children on the bus.
"We never really speculate on charges, but we can certainly say this crash has caused devastation", a spokesman said in a statement.
WHTM-TV reports that the small bus was transporting students from Lancaster Mennonite School in Lancaster, Pa., when the crash occurred shortly before 8 a.m. The escort vehicle sideswiped the bus, which then hit the tractor-trailer's load and tipped onto its side. The bus driver and another driver were also taken to hospital.
"We appreciate the efforts and cooperation of the first responders, Lancaster General Hospital and the East Lampeter Township police in helping our students staff and community".