UPDATE: 22 students taken to hospital after crash involving two school buses in Jeffersonville
Of the 47 students on the two buses, 22 were taken away in ambulances to Kosair Children's hospital and Clark Memorial. The driver of one of the buses and two adults in the car were also hospitalized, but none of the injuries were serious.
“Injuries ranged from bumps and bruises.” Superintendent Andrew Melin explained, “I'm sure you're going to see the potential of maybe a broken bone.”
Barbara Dunn says she was in her front yard having a yard sale when it happened. “We heard squealing and screeching and then we heard ‘boom boom' and we looked over and we saw a car underneath the bus and we ran down there to see if everyone was OK,” Dunn said. “There was glass everywhere.”
Students who were not taken to the hospital were returned to the school to be picked up by their parents or taken home on other buses.
Those who saw the crash claim the brakes on the rear bus failed.
“We have contacted Indiana Department of Transportation officers,” Jeffersonville Police Detective Todd Hollis said. “They are on scene now to do mechanical inspections because these are commercial vehicles. They will be assisting us in our investigation along with theirs.”
Greater Clark Schools says all of the 13 students taken to Kosair have been released with what are described as "very minor injuries."
No word on the students and adults taken to Clark Memorial.
According to a press release from Greater Clark County Schools, buses 001 and 954 (which is a back up for bus for students who usually ride bus 104) were involved in the accident.
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