Nearly 50 students were injured after a school bus crashed head-on with a tow truck in Pennsylvania on Wednesday morning, September 6.
The bus was carrying 54 students in kindergarten through eighth grade to their second day of classes at Bear Creek Community Charter School in Wilkes-Barre when the crash occurred around 8:10 a.m. on Route 115 in Luzerne County, the Pennsylvania State Police said at a press conference, WOLF reported.
Record of injuries
The tow truck driver, identified as 28-year-old Edward Edward Steinmann, is believed to have suffered a medical event and swerved over the median strip.
Mr Steinmann and the bus driver, Suzanne Ent, 53, were taken to hospital with moderate injuries.
The 49 students, aged from kindergarten through to eighth grade, suffered minor injuries in the crash, and were taken to hospital on a separate school bus for evaluation, Pennsylvania State Police said.
The two injured drivers were taken to hospital by ambulance.
Footage from the crash site showed the bus sustained major damage in the front-on smash.
‘Although this was an unfortunate event, we are grateful that there were no serious injuries,’ Mr Dougherty said.
‘We would like to thank the good citizens who stopped to help and render aid.’
‘Parents of the injured children have been notified’
Jim Smith, CEO of Bear Creek Community Charter School, told The New York Post that four students remained in the hospital as of Wednesday afternoon after sustaining moderate injuries.
‘Although this is an unfortunate event, we are grateful that there were no serious injuries,’ Doherty said at Wednesday’s press.
School officials ‘immediately’ began contacting families of students involved in the crash and began the reunification process, according to the PSP captain.
As of Wednesday afternoon, four of the 49 children who were hospitalized remained in treatment for moderate injuries, Bear Creek CEO Jim Smith told The Post.