12 Injured When School Bus Carrying Special Needs Students Rolls Over (NBC VIDEO & PHOTOS)

By Emma Koch

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12 Injured When School Bus Carrying Special Needs Students Rolls Over (NBC VIDEO & PHOTOS)


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May 16, 2013 Updated May 16, 2013 at 5:31 PM EDT

BOONE COUNTY, Ind. (www.wthr.com) -- Nine people were injured in a school bus crash in Boone County on I-65 northbound Thursday afternoon.

Indiana State Police say a box trailer or semi cut off the bus, forcing it into the median and causing it to roll over. The semi driver did not stop and police are still searching for that driver.

Five children from Lafayette and Tippecanoe Schools and seven adults were transported to Indianapolis-area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.

Methodist Hospital is treating three students and two adults from the crash, whose conditions range from serious to stable. Injuries include a possible broken arm along with cuts and bruises, according to trauma surgeon Dr. Larry Reed.

The crash occurred at the 128 mile marker between Zionsville and Lebanon in Boone County.

Southbound I-65 is closed at the I-865 exit and will be closed until 4:00 pm.

A box trailer or truck changing lanes struck the bus, causing it to go into the median and roll once.

Sgt. Rich Myers says the bus driver took evasive action but wound up in the median, which was slick and rain-soaked.

Sgt. Myers says the vehicle that struck the bus kept going. Police are searching for that driver.

Several passengers had non-life-threatening injuries.

The superintendent of Lafayette Schools says the bus was routinely transporting students from a program in Indianapolis back to Lafayette, and that the students go to Indianapolis every day for the program.

The bus has a perfect safety record. Indiana State Police tell us no mechanical issues were involved in the crash.

Eyewitness News has learned that this is a special needs school bus from Lafayette Schools.

Patients are being taken to St. Vincent and Methodist Hospitals.

13 WTHR Indianapolis

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