One Child Airlifted to Hospital After School Bus Crash Near Lancaster

Photo Credit: Chris Kennedy, Gap Fire Rescue

EAST LAMPETER TOWNSHIP, LANCASTER COUNTY, Pa.– Update (11:18 a.m.): One child from the crash is about to be airlifted to a Children’s Hospital, reports WPMT.

Update (11:10 a.m): Lancaster General Hospital spokesperson John Lines said “most of the students are between the ages of 13 and 16, the school bus driver is still here with all of the students. The school district is here, school district officials are here working with us to reunite the students.”

Lines noted that there were 20 students on the bus, while 16 of them were transported to Lancaster General Hospital.

“The injuries that the students have sustained, many of them are minor, and that’s very fortunate given the situation,” Lines said.

“Three of the injured are trauma cases, none of the students have been discharged, at this hour’ Lines added.

Hearing the news of the school bus crash surely was disturbing for the parents of the students involved.

“When you have a situation like this, we set up a special room in our dining area so that families can talk with our counselors, as well as our chaplain to get their answers, if their students are not with them right away,” Lines said.

“Those moments are very important because it may take awhile for us to treat the student. That’s a nerve-wracking time for any parent to have to go through,” Lines added.

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Crews are on the scene of a school bus rollover crash on Route 30 near Lancaster.

The incident involving a Lancaster Mennonite school bus occurred around 7:50 a.m. and is near Dutch Wonderland and the Fulton Steamboat Inn.

Route 30 is expected to be closed for several hours.

Lancaster General Hospital confirms that 16 people have been taken to the hospital, 15 students and the driver. One student is known to be in serious condition.

Fritzi Schreffler of PennDOT says that one child was trapped beneath the vehicle and airlifted to a hospital.

Schreffler says that this is the point of Route 30 that goes from 2 lanes down to one. A light-colored sedan was trying to pass the oversize load that was carrying a mobile home when it hit the load and the escort car before speeding off.

John Bowman, East Lampeter Police Chief, says that police are searching for the vehicle involved. It was believed to be driven by a male and should have front end damage and no license plate. At this time, officials believe the driver of this vehicle may have set off a chain reaction.

This collision may have caused the oversize load to strike the school bus, forcing it to turn over.

At this time, the extent of any injuries are unknown.

Lancaster Mennonite is in the process of contacting the parents of the families of children involved in the crash.

This is a developing story, check back for more updates

1 Comment

  • confused kids

    Mommy, why do I have to be in a booster seat or wear a seat belt when I’m in your car, but there are no belts in my school bus. Why do I have to wear a helmet when I ride my bicycle, but daddy doesn’t wear one when he rides his motorcycle?

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