Multiple Students Injured in School Bus Crash in Indiana

A collision between a school bus and a garbage truck left 18 students and two adults with minor injuries. Another student was hospitalized with serious injuries. An article on this developing story is available here.

A school bus rear-ended a garbage truck on State Road 350 near Mount Sinai Road outside Aurora, Indiana, injuring more than 20 people. At the time of the crash, the privately-owned bus, contracted by the South Dearborn School Corporation, carried 22 middle school and high school students. The garbage truck, owned by Rumpke Waste & Recycling, was stopped at the time of impact.

The Aftermath

Immediately following the accident, 17 students received treatment for minor injuries at nearby High Point Health. One 13-year-old boy was taken to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center with serious injuries. He is currently listed in fair condition, according to a hospital spokesperson.

The school bus driver—a 64-year-old man from Moores Hill, Indiana—was treated at University of Cincinnati Hospital for serious injuries. While the driver of the garbage truck—a 38-year-old man from Cincinnati, Ohio—was not in the vehicle when the crash occurred, he sustained non-life-threatening injuries after being struck by crash debris.

According to another news source, four uninjured students were later transported on a different bus to both South Dearborn Middle School and South Dearborn High School. One of those students was later evaluated by doctors for potential minor injuries.

The Investigation

Indiana State Police and the Dearborn County Sheriff’s Department received assistance from the Aurora, Lawrenceburg, and Moores Hill Police Departments—as well as the Aurora and Moores Hill Fire Departments, Dearborn and Ripley County EMS, and the South Dearborn School Corporation.

The investigation and cleanup led to the closure of State Road 350 for approximately four hours. While neither alcohol intoxication nor drug use are suspected, both drivers submitted to routine toxicology testing. The crash remains under investigation.

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March 25th, 2019