School bus involved in crash on Indianapolis' northeast side

Injuries appear minor, IFD says

INDIANAPOLIS - A school bus was involved in a crash with a truck on Indianapolis' northeast side, police said.

The crash happened just before 4 p.m. at the intersection of 56th Street and Allisonville Road.

Parents who showed up at the scene said the bus was carrying students from the Indiana Science and Math Academy at Keystone Avenue and 72nd Street.

Six students, as young as 9 years old, were taken to IU Methodist Hospital and Riley Hospital for Children. 

"It doesn’t appear that any of the injuries are serious, but we can't determine everything here on the scene so we sent them to hospitals to get checked out," said Indianapolis Fire Department Capt. Rita Burris.

IFD officials said the driver of the truck, Brian Theiman, 34, was treated at the scene for minor injuries.

The front end of the truck was badly damaged, and the bus appeared to have damage to its back end.

Burris said the bus was southbound on Allisonville Road and was struck by the northbound truck while turning left onto 56th Street. 

Parents were notified about the crash by the school, Burris said.

IFD said the bus was carrying 44 students ranging in age from kindergarten to eighth grade.

The bus driver, Matthew Dillon, 27, has been driving for bus company Student Transit for six months, IFD said.

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