CLARK COUNTY, Ind. (March 12, 2015) – An Excursions Trailways charter bus carrying 16 members of the Indiana Tech coed bowling team was involved in a rollover crash Thursday morning.
The accident happened at about 10:25 a.m. on I-65 southbound near the 22 mile marker.
A preliminary investigation reveals that the bus was just north of the Henryville rest area when, for an unknown reason, the vehicle partially drove off the east side of the roadway and then drove back onto the roadway and crossed over both southbound lanes of travel before continuing off the west side of the roadway. When the bus let the roadway, it spun clockwise and overturned as it traveled down an embankment.
All 21 passengers were transported to three area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries. Eight passengers were transported to Scott Memorial Hospital in Scottsburg, one was transported to Clark County Hospital in Jeffersonville, and twelve were transported to University of Louisville Hospital. Both ground and air ambulances were utilized to transport the injured. One passenger at U of L Hospital was listed in serious condition.
The team was traveling to Smyrna, Tennessee to compete in a United States Bowling Congress Sectional Competition.
Excursion Trailways told Fox59 that the driver was an experienced bus driver with a good driving record.
I-65 southbound was closed for about three hours due to the crash.
Gov. Mike Pence released a statement about the crash:
“Our hearts go out to the Hoosiers impacted by this morning’s bus crash in southern Indiana. The State of Indiana is coordinating a multi-agency response, with Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter traveling now to the area. As law enforcement and emergency personnel respond to this situation, we urge all Hoosiers to hold these men and women in their thoughts and prayers.”
Indiana Tech Vice President of University Relations Brian Engelhart says the community's support has been overwhelming.
“I would just ask that everyone keep our passengers, our team members and our students in their thoughts and prayers, as well as the families," says Engelhart. "I also want to offer my thanks for those expressions of support that we have gotten. People have been proactive in reaching out to us with well wishes and prayers and offers of help; anyway they can assist. We’re grateful for that too. Knowing that the community is behind us, it means a lot.”
Two recent graduates of Decatur Township Schools were on board the bus when it crashed. The district released this statement:
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of Samantha and Kaleb Pasch. A Decatur Central Administrator is reaching out to offer our support in their time of need.
— WLKY (@WLKY) March 12, 2015
A bus carrying members of Tech's bowling team was involved in an accident this morning. More info will be posted on http://t.co/LzkeJ21e9V.
— Indiana Tech (@IndianaTech) March 12, 2015
I urge all Hoosiers to hold men & women of Fort Wayne's IN Tech involved in today's bus crash in their prayers: http://t.co/vLH06ecx77
— Governor Mike Pence (@GovPenceIN) March 12, 2015
State Police on scene I-65 SB at the 22MM, charter bus rolled over. 18 passengers and driver. pic.twitter.com/scWrJkpkNL
— Indiana State Police (@IndStatePolice) March 12, 2015