Entries in Bus Crash (14)


Three Killed in Indianapolis When Tour Bus Flips

ABC News(INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.) -- Investigators in Indianapolis, Ind. are working to determine what caused a bus filled with teenagers to slam into a median Saturday and flip, killing a youth pastor, his pregnant wife, and a female chaperone.

The church group was returning from a summer camp in Michigan and was just a mile away from its destination. The bus driver said he was making a left turn off an I-465 exit ramp when he hit a concrete median and flipped the bus.

The bus driver, who was severely injured in the crash, reportedly told authorities the brakes failed. Witnesses say they saw the bus traveling at a high rate of speed.

“I saw this bus going so fast and I thought god that guy was going fast and that's an old bus” said Carol Albright, who witnessed the accident. “I drive a school bus and so just seeing that… this is every bus driver's worst fear.”

There were 37 people on board when the bus crashed. Officials say 26 people were sent to the hospital in addition to the three people killed.

Several Good Samaritans immediately jumped out of their cars to help the injured passengers.

“I think the driver was the first one I came up on and he was bleeding pretty bad,” said Sasha Sample, a nurse who was one of the first on the scene. “So I stole somebody's belt from the best I can remember and got a tourniquet on his arm and then just started to help out everybody else, try to get everybody that could walk away from the bus.”

Jeff Leffew, a deacon at the church where the bus was heading, says two of his daughters were on board when it crashed. They are still coming to terms with the accident, he said.

“It comes in waves where they're okay and then it hits them again and you look over and you'll see them grieving,” Leffew said.


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Yosemite National Park Tour Bus Crashes, Injures 16

Hemera/Thinkstock(FRESNO, Calif.) -- A tour bus leaving Yosemite National Park drove off a roadway and struck a tree on Saturday, injuring 16 people.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the bus contained 15 passengers, a tour guide and the driver. The driver was the only person uninjured.

The bus tour had begun in Burlingame, Calif. on Saturday morning. After a tour of the park, the bus was heading to Fresno before returning to Burlingame on Sunday.

According to the Los Angeles Times, a California Highway Patrol report determined that the bus was driving at an unsafe speed when the driver lost control.

The bus will undergo an inspection to determine if there were any mechanical problems that may have caused the collision. The CHP report did not find intoxication to be a factor.

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Pregnant Head Coach, Driver Dead in PA Women's Lacrosse Team Bus Crash 

WHTM-TV(GREENSBURG, Pa.) -- The pregnant head coach of a Pennsylvania university's women's lacrosse team and the driver of the team bus are dead and several others are seriously injured after their tour bus went off a freeway and crashed into a tree Saturday morning, authorities said.

Seton Hill University women's lacrosse team head coach, Kristina J. Quigley, 30, of Greensburg, Pa., died of injuries sustained at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Quigley was approximately six months pregnant. Her unborn son did not survive the crash.

"The Seton Hill community is mourning the loss of Kristina Quigley and her unborn son. The University extends deepest sympathy to Quigley's husband and family," said university spokeswoman Kary Coleman in a statement.

The university will hold a memorial Mass for Quigley and prayer for Guaetta and those injured in the crash in a chapel on the school's campus at 7 p.m. Sunday, the statement said.

Anthony M. Guaetta, 61, of Johnstown, Pa,who was driving the bus, died at the scene of the accident, according to the Cumberland County Corner's Office.

Twenty-three Seton Hill lacrosse players and three coaches were traveling eastbound on the Pennsylvania Turnpike to Lancaster, Pa. when the bus crashed around 9 a.m., Pennsylvania Turnpike spokeswoman Renee Colburn said.

Fifteen onboard were transported to hospitals with injuries, and three needed to be airlifted by helicopter to Hershey Medical Center, said Coleman.

ABC affiliate WHTM-TV in Harrisburg, Pa., reported that several of the lacrosse players have already been discharged from local hospitals with minor injuries.

Photos from the scene showed the bus upright on the side of the road, part of its left side shorn off, though it's unclear whether that was from the impact or rescue operation.

Mlaker Transportion, the company that owns and operates the bus, released a statement in wake of the tragedy.

"Mlaker Transportation wishes to express its sorrow and sympathy to those impacted by this accident. Mlaker Transportation places the safe transportation of all of our passengers at the highest level. With more than 40 years in operation, we strive to make a trip on one of our coaches a great experience," it said.

Seton Hill is a Catholic school of about 2,500 students near Pittsburgh. The team was on their way to game against Millersville University, about 50 miles away from the crash site.

State police were investigating the crash, Megan Silverstram of the Cumberland County public safety department said, and state environmental officials were also sent to the scene because of a diesel fuel spill from the bus.

Seton Hill is offering immediate counseling services to students and members of the school community, Coleman said.

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California Bus Crash Leaves Eight Dead, Dozens Injured

Hemera/Thinkstock (file photo)(YUCAIPA, Calif.) -- At least eight people were killed and 38 others were injured when a tour bus collided with two other vehicles in Southern California Sunday night.

The accident happened around 6:30 p.m. on State Route 38 near Yucaipa.  According to officials, the bus, which was carrying a tour group from Tijuana, Mexico, hit a sedan, flipped over and then hit a pick-up truck.

"The bus is overturned.  There's significant damage to the passenger side of the bus.  And obviously quite a bit of debris is kind of thrown and spread out all over the place," said Ronald Walls, a battalion chief for the San Bernardino County Fire Department.

ABC News affiliate KABC-TV in Los Angeles reported at least 17 people were critically injured.

"Some of the victims have been thrown from the vehicle as well.  When it rolled, several of them were ejected from the vehicle as well," Walls said.

It is not yet clear what caused the crash.

"We're talking to witnesses, we're talking to the parties involved.  There's a possibility of mechanical issues with the bus.  And that's what our multi-disciplinary action team is doing right now at the scene," said Officer Mario Lopez of the California Highway Patrol.

The National Transportation Safety Board announced on Monday it was also launching a team to investigate the incident.

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Investigation into Fatal Oregon Bus Crash Expected to Last at Least a Month, Say Police

Joseph Devenney/Getty Images(PENDLETON, Ore.) -- Police in Oregon are just now beginning what they say will be a month-long investigation into a fatal bus crash last Sunday near Pendleton in eastern Oregon, which killed nine people and injured 49 others.

Police say they won't know until the investigation is complete if charges will be filed against the driver.

The bus crashed in an icy patch of highway and rolled down an embankment. Lt. Gregg Hastings with the Oregon State Police said the bus "veered across both westbound lanes, struck a guardrail, continued through the guardrail down about 200 feet to where it came to rest."
"Many of the occupants were ejected or partially ejected from the bus. There obviously were many people injured still inside the bus," Hastings said in a Monday press conference.  He noted that the area's conditions were "slippery" and that Sunday's bus crash was the second of two fatal crashes that morning.

"We had another one a few hours earlier," Hastings said.
Lt. Hastings said he expects the investigation into what caused the crash to "last up to four weeks, possibly longer."

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Oregon Bus Crash Leaves 9 People Dead

John Foxx/Thinkstock(PENDLETON, Ore.) -- Nine people are dead and more than 20 are injured after a charter bus crashed on an icy highway in Oregon, according to Oregon State Police.

Police have not yet indicated what caused the crash, but images from highway I-84 show icy roads.  The bus crashed through a guard rail at around 10:30 a.m. Sunday and slid several hundred feet down an embankment, police said.

Emergency responders trained in rope rescues were on scene helping bring people up from where the bus rolled back onto the highway, police said.

The crash happened about 10 miles east of Pendleton, Ore., in the Blue Mountains.

Investigators are still trying to determine whether the crash was weather-related, State Police spokesman Lt. Greg Hastings said.

"We'll have to move through our investigation throughout the day to try to determine what exactly were the contributing factors," he said.

The bus driver survived the crash but investigators had not be able to speak to the person early Sunday evening because of the severity of the driver's injuries, officials said.

The Pendleton Fire Department told ABC News affiliate KATU-TV in Portland that 39 people were taken to hospitals.

Officials are not yet releasing the bus company, but said the bus was en route on a return trip from Las Vegas to Vancouver, British Columbia.

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Bus Crash on I-84 Near Pendleton, Oregon Leaves 5 Dead, 20 Injured

John Foxx/Thinkstock(PENDLETON, Ore.) -- A bus crash on Interstate 84 near Pendleton, Oregon has left five people dead and at least 20 people injured, The Oregonian reports.

The charter bus crashed through a guardrail and tumbled almost 200 feet down an embankment after the driver reportedly lost control of the vehicle on the icy road near milepost 227. About 40 people were on the bus, the paper says.

Police have not yet released information regarding the bus company or the bus's departure or destination points, according to The Oregonian.

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Miami Bus Crash Kills 2 After Hitting Overpass

Comstock/Thinkstock(MIAMI) -- A bus slammed into an overpass at Miami International Airport on Saturday, killing two people and critically injuring three passengers, authorities said.

The 27 other passengers on board the tour bus also sustainted injuries when it hit the overpass at 20 mph while traveling through the airport's arrivals section, an area off-limits to larger vehicles, Miami International Airport spokesman Greg Chin said.

"This driver got disoriented or I don't know what, but he wound up on the lower drive and he was going fairly fast, so he made contact with the roof of the lower drive," Chin said, adding that the overpass had been "clearly marked" with a warning that it was 8 feet, 6 inches high.

Buses are directed to go through the departures level, which allows for higher clearance vehicles, Chin said.

Lt. Rosanna Cordero-Stutz, of the Miami-Dade Police Department, told ABC News' Miami affiliate that police are interviewing the bus driver, who said he was unfamiliar with the area and did not mean to end up at the airport.

It was not yet known where the private bus, which is used for tours, had been heading.

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*An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that the bus involved in the accident was a double decker bus.


Bus Carrying Girls Basketball Team Crashes in Maryland

George Doyle/Stockbyte(CHAPTICO, Md.) -- A bus carrying a girl’s high school basketball team went off a roadway and crashed in southern Maryland Tuesday night, sending over a dozen people to the hospital with injuries.

The crash occurred in the town of Chaptico in St. Mary’s County, state police told ABC News, adding that three vehicles -- the bus, a car and a truck -- were involved in the accident.  The bus was carrying students from Great Mills High School who were returning from a basketball game in Colonial Beach, Va.

According to police, those injured -- including at least 15 of the 28 students on board -- were taken to St. Mary’s Hospital.  The students have all since been released from the hospital, reports local website

The driver of the truck involved, John Patrick Kravats, a 45-year-old registered sex offender, was also treated for minor injuries and was arrested for driving under the influence, according to

The website says the bus has since been towed out of the woods and an investigation into the collision is underway.

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One Killed, 15 Injured in Abilene University Bus Crash

John Foxx/Thinkstock(ABILENE, Texas) -- One person died and several passengers were injured when a bus carrying students and faculty from Abilene Christian University crashed on Friday.

The university confirmed that 16 people from the Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences were travelling along U.S. 83 on their way to a children's home in Medina, Texas for weekend mission work when the accident occurred at County Road 234 at about 3:20 p.m.

The bus hit a concrete culvert and rolled over killing a 19-year-old student and injuring 15 people, some who were ejected from the vehicle. The student was pronounced dead at the scene while the injured were transported to a local hospital for treatment.

Members of the university community attended a prayer service on Friday evening at the university's Beauchamp Amphitheater.

"This is not a night for explaining things, but it is a night to remember things," said Dr. Mark Hamilton, associate dean of the Graduate School of Theology.  "God weeps with us more than we know, and God will have to straighten this out."

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