School bus carrying 29 students plummets into Pennsylvania creek

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School bus carrying 29 students plummets into Pennsylvania creek

A school bus carrying 29 middle schoolers in eastern Pennsylvania careened through a guardrail then rolled 25 feet into a creek on Monday, according to reports.

Thirteen kids plus the driver were treated at local hospitals for injuries after the bus rolled into Bushkill Creek in Easton, The Express-Times reported.

At least two of the pupils reportedly had to be lifted up the steep creek embankment in baskets.

Easton school official John Remaley said injuries did not appear to be serious.

it was not immediately clear what precipitated the crash, but an investigation is underway. Remaley said the driver will be tested for drug and alcohol impairment.

“The bus was traveling northbound, veered off, went through the guide rail and went through the path into the creek,” Easton Police Chief Carl Scalzo told WFMZ.

Photo shows school bus that crashed into a Pennsylvania creek.
Thirteen kids plus the driver were treated at local hospitals for injuries, with none of the injuries appearing to be serious according to a school official.
AP / Tim Wynkoop

He said the crash could have been much worse.

“They could’ve hit any one of those trees, if the water was higher, if there was a vehicle traveling in the opposite direction or if there was somebody on the path, this could’ve been a much different situation,” he said, according to WFMZ.

“You look to count the blessings when they’re there and there were a lot this instance.”

One student told The Express-Times the incident was “kind of scary.”

The bus had been removed from the creek by noon, the report said.

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