Authorities are investigating a bus accident in northern Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania that left 32 people injured Sunday afternoon. Many of those injured were high school students returning to a megachurch campus from a retreat.
According to the Reading Eagle, the crash occurred on Interstate 81 near the Hegins exit around 2:30 pm. Investigators say the Premiere #1 limousine bus was primarily carrying high school-age teens on their way home to Lancaster County from a three-day retreat in southern New York.
For an unknown reason, the driver of the bus, Adam Wright, 38, lost control of the bus and traveled through the exit ramp area near Hegins before barreling through the median guide rail of Rout 25. It then hit an embankment and entered a wooded area, traveling about 50 yards before coming to rest.
Occupants of the bus included ninth- and 10th-grade girls and volunteer leaders from Lives Changed by Christ’s Manheim Campus on their way back from Lake Champion Camp in Glen Spey, New York, just across the state line from Scranton.
Details are still being released, but critical injuries have been reported. The only named victim, the bus driver, suffered serious injuries.
Medical units from Schuylkill, Dauphin, and Northumberland Counties were assisted by nearly 100 volunteers and seven Schuylkill County fire companies in their response.
Witnesses of the crash are urged to call state police at the Fackville station at 570-874-5300.
If it is determined that a bus driver was negligent in an accident, the driver’s employer may be liable for:
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