CORYDON, IN (WAVE) - Multiple students and one adult reported injuries in a school bus crash in Harrison County on Monday afternoon.
The school bus slid off the road around 3:40 p.m. near the intersection of Steam Engine Road NW and Old Forest Road NW outside of Corydon, the Harrison County sheriff said.
South Harrison Community School Corporation officials confirmed it was their bus, #11, that was involved in the crash.
Superintendent of South Harrison Community Schools, Mark Eastridge said it was a scary situation.
“We really feel blessed by the quick response,” Eastridge said. He also wanted to thank the HArrison County Sheriff’s Department and EMS for their prompt response.
According to Eastridge, the school system sent the head of its health services to the hospital in Harrison County so the kids had a familiar face and an advocate at the hospital.
There were 19 students on the bus at the time of the crash, school officials said. Eight of them were taken to Harrison County Hospital. Hospital officials said all of those students suffered minor injuries in the crash.
The Harrison County Sheriff’s Department said 18 children were on board and seven were taken to the hospital. Regardless of the number, all children have been treated and released from the hospital and are home as of 6:08 p.m.
Superintendent Eastridge said there were no elementary kids on the bus. There were five intermediate students (fourth, fifth and sixth grade), one junior high school-aged student and one high school-aged student. All students were released from the hospital with bumps and bruises.
After the bus crash, two cars with good Samaritans stopped to help. Sometime after that, a third vehicle crashed into the second car to stop, causing it to hit the first car. Eastridge also said school nurses went to the site and the hospital to be there for the kids.
Two adults from those vehicles were taken to the hospital but are expected to be okay, the sheriff’s office said.
Weather could be factor in the wreck, but the investigation is ongoing. A statement from school officials says the cause of the crash was slick conditions on the road.
“Now, we have to go back and look at it,” Eastridge said. "We have to look at the scene with the sheriff’s department and figure out what happened. An accident report will be coming. "
Eastridge said video from on the bus will be reviewed during the investigation, and that the bus involved passed an inspection with state police. Currently they don’t believe driver error or bus problem were to blame.
Indiana State Police are assisting in the investigation.