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Wednesday, March 16, 2016 12:17 pm

Bus with Indiana Tech students involved in accident

Associated Press

HENRYVILLE, Ind.— A bus carrying members of a college bowling team crashed Thursday
morning along a southern Indiana highway while en route to a tournament
in Tennessee, injuring 21 people, two of them seriously, officials said.

Indiana
Tech spokesman Brian Engelhart said the bus was carrying 16 members of
the Fort Wayne school's men and women's bowling teams, two coaches,
their spouses and the driver to a tournament in Smyrna, Tennessee.

State
Police Cpl. Carey Huls said the bus swerved to the left while traveling
in Interstate 65's southbound lanes before swerving to the right and
overturning in a grassy area along the highway.

The accident happened
about 10:30 a.m. just north of Henryville, about 20 miles north of
Louisville, Kentucky, and left the bus on its side and surrounded by
debris.

"We don't know the cause, but the bus did drive off the
left side of the roadway and crossed back over both lanes before going
off the right side of the road. It went over the embankment and
overturned, and then it rolled into some trees," Huls said.

University
of Louisville Hospital spokeswoman Barbara Mackovic said 12 people
injured in the crash were taken to the hospital, and two were in
serious condition and being evaluated for injuries that included
possible pelvis fractures, wrist fractures and concussions. Most of
those patients were airlifted to the hospital.

Mackovic said the
hospital was treating the bus' 76-year-old driver, and looking into
whether he had suffered a heart attack or stroke before the crash.

The
driver is employed by Excursions Trailways, a Fort Wayne charter bus
service with which the school has contracted for many years, Engelhart said.

Mackovic
said the hospital's remaining patients from the bus ranged from satisfactory to fair
condition, and most had suffered cuts and bruises. Seven of the patients
were about 20, while the others are older, she said.

Huls said
eight people who apparently suffered minor injuries were taken to Scott Memorial Hospital and another passenger was taken to Clark
Memorial Hospital.

Engelhart said the bowling team members are undergraduate students and the school was notifying their parents about the crash.

Indiana
Gov. Mike Pence said in a statement that "our hearts go out to the
Hoosiers impacted by this morning's bus crash." He urged "all Hoosiers
to hold these men and women in their thoughts and prayers."


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