NORTH BEAVER TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — Two adults and a teenager were injured in a crash involving a school bus and tractor trailer Thursday morning in Lawrence County.
The bus and truck collided around 7 a.m. at the intersection of Hall Town Road and Route 18 in Wampum.
Police, paramedics, the Hazmat team and at least two medical helicopters were called to the scene.
According to officials, the school bus apparently pulled into the path of the fully-loaded, southbound semi, which was hauling fertilizer.
The truck then slammed into the side of the bus.
“The bus spun. We have evidence there that the bus spun, and we have witness accounts of what occurred,” said Trooper James Sheldone, of the Pennsylvania State Police. “It appears that the bus driver was ejected. When first responders arrived here at the scene, the bus driver was lying here on the roadway. The window of the bus is blown out, the driver’s side window; so, it appears that the bus driver was ejected.”
The driver of the tractor trailer had to be cut from the vehicle.
There is no word on the conditions of either driver. Both were flown to Pittsburgh-area hospitals for treatment.
State police say the bus had just made its first stop of the day. There was one student on board, a 14-year-old boy headed to Mohawk Middle School.
He suffered mild to severe facial injuries. He was transported to a nearby hospital, and is expected to be okay. He is now with his parents.
Crews were still working to clean up Route 18 during the noon hour.