DEARBORN COUNTY, Ind. – Twenty-two people, including 20 students, were injured after a school bus and garbage truck collided in southeastern Indiana Wednesday morning.
Those injured in the crash were taken to various area hospitals. One student suffered severe injuries and was taken to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, according to Superintendent Eric Lows of South Dearborn Community School Corporation.
The students on the bus were mostly middle and high school students from the district, Lows told local media. Indiana State Police said the injuries were mostly minor and involved complaints of pain.
According to Indiana State Police, the crash happened around 8 a.m. on State Road 350 at Mt. Sinai Road near Aurora. State police previously said students were on board the bus and some of them “did sustain injuries and were transported for treatment.” The crash involved a South Dearborn school bus and a Rumpke garbage truck.
The trash truck was parked on the edge of the eastbound lane while trash was being picked up. The school bus collided with the rear of the truck.
The garbage truck driver was hit by debris but was not seriously injured. The bus driver was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.
According to WXIX in Cincinnati, a medical helicopter was requested at the scene but couldn’t go because of snow showers in the area.
Alcohol and drugs are not suspected as factors at this time.
Highpoint Health confirmed it was treating some of the injured students:
The Highpoint Health Emergency Department is receiving individuals injured in the school bus accident this morning on State Route 350. The hospital requests that parents of those injured come to the main lobby of the hospital when they arrive. More information will be provided as it becomes available.
South Dearborn Community Schools released a statement on its Facebook page:
At approximately 8:05 a.m. there was an accident involving a school bus traveling on highway 350 between Moores Hill and Aurora. There were injuries during this accident and some were transported to area hospitals. Parents of students involved in this accident are being contacted. The investigation is ongoing and we will provide more information when available. If you have any questions, please contact central office at 812-926-2090. Thank you.