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Feb 02

Pennsylvania school bus crash sends 23 to hospitals

An overeager driver attempting to pass a school bus apparently overcorrected, causing a massive crash that left nearly two dozen people hurt. Luckily, none of the injuries was life-threatening.

The bus was traveling on Interstate 81 in rural Pennsylvania over the weekend when the accident occurred. Many adults and children were on their way to a church camp from Cumberland Valley Christian School.

As the bus traveled on the interstate, a 79-year-old man passed the bus on the left side in his Cadillac, but, he had to take evasive action to avoid hitting another vehicle. He apparently overcorrected and spun out in front of the bus, causing the crash.

The man’s car ended up in a ditch, and the bus partially ended up in the ditch as well, hit a guard rail and rolled over onto its roof. According to a USA Today article, 17 passengers, a mix of children and adults, were taken to Chambersburg Hospital, with several others going to Waynesboro Hospital.

According to hospital spokespeople, all of those injured did not have life-threatening injuries. Their injuries were described as minor to moderate, according to reports.

The 79-year-old driver was injured and hospitalized as well. Police believe he was the contributing factor in the crash, although it was not clear if charges will be filed.

The accident apparently caused the closure of the northbound highway lanes as rescue crews had to remove passengers from the bus and car. Three children passengers, as well as the Cadillac driver, had to be extricated from the vehicles.

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