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School bus flips in hit-and-run crash; 16 taken to hospital

Written by The Associated Press | May 17, 2017 10:23 AM
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(Lancaster) -- A school bus flipped on its side in a hit-and-run accident involving four vehicles, sending more than a dozen people, including one student ejected from the bus and seriously injured, to the hospital, authorities said.

The Lancaster Mennonite school bus was taking students to school in East Lampeter Township on Wednesday morning when a sedan trying to pass two tractor-trailers and their escort vehicles hit the rear of one of the escort vehicles, the Lancaster County district attorney's office said. The escort vehicle was pushed into the oncoming lane and sideswiped the bus, causing the bus to impact one tractor-trailer's load and tip onto its side, prosecutors said.

The 14 students, the bus driver and another driver were taken to a hospital, where a spokesman said two students with trauma injuries were being transferred to children's hospitals and everyone else was treated and released.

Lancaster Mennonite spokesman Gary Hiller said the bus was carrying 12 high school students, one middle school student and one Locust Grove elementary student.

"Our focus has been on the physical and emotional well-being of our students rather than the cause and who is responsible," Hiller said. "We express concern for the two who are still in the hospital."

Authorities issued an alert for the newer-model light-colored sedan and its male driver, saying the vehicle was expected to have front-bumper damage.

"There's a very good possibility that this vehicle, as it was traveling eastbound prior to the accident scene, may have been passing other vehicles," township police Chief John Bowman said.

An earlier story appears below.

(Lancaster) -- Authorities say a hit-and-run accident resulted in a school bus flipping onto its side sent more than a dozen people to the hospital, including two students with trauma injuries.

Emergency responders in Lancaster County said the accident involving a Lancaster Mennonite school bus bringing students to school occurred shortly before 8 a.m. Wednesday in East Lampeter Township.

A witness told WGAL-TV that a vehicle trying to pass an oversized load collided with its escort vehicle and spun into the bus, which flipped the bus onto its side. Police are seeking a light-colored sedan that may have front-end damage.

The 14 students, the bus driver and another driver were taken to Lancaster General Hospital, where spokesman John Lines said two students with trauma injuries were being transferred to children's hospitals and everyone else was treated and released.

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