Three people were killed and twenty-six others were injured when a bus carrying teenagers returning to Indiana from a Michigan church camp crashed Saturday afternoon. The teenagers were returning from Camp CoBeAc about six hours north. According to officials, the bus was just minutes from its destination, Colonial Hills Baptist Church, when it came speeding off of Interstate 465 north of Indianapolis. The bus struck a retaining wall as it rounded a curve and flipped over. The church’s youth pastor had tweeted only hours before the crash that the group would arrive around 4:15 p.m., which was approximately when the crash occurred. Indianapolis Public Safety Director Troy Riggs said it “only adds to the tragedy” that the group had almost arrived home at the time of the accident.
Riggs said that among the dead were a man and his wife. No information was provided about the third victim. Riggs and Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard visited the accident scene, where they found pillows, seat cushions, and clothing, strewn across the ground and at least two shattered windows. According to Riggs, there is no evidence to show that the driver suffered any sort of medical episode before the crash. Investigators are currently working to determine the cause of the accident. A local TV station reported that the driver told witnesses his brakes failed. Investigators have not yet determined whether the church-owned bus had mechanical issues.
A witness said he “heard a skid” and then he looked back and saw “this bus in the air and people falling out of the bus.” The Indianapolis Fire Department had to free five people from the bus. Several onlookers stopped to help before rescue crews arrived. One of those onlookers freed the driver from the bus. At least one teenager was transported to a local hospital in critical condition. Fire officials said many individuals suffered head, arm and leg injuries.
3 dead when bus carrying teens crashes in Indiana, www.palmbeachpost.com July 27, 2013
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