Several injured in school bus crash on Interstate 65

1 adult, 1 child kept overnight for observation

HENDRICKS COUNTY, Ind. - Seven adults and five children were injured in a crash involving a school bus and a box truck in Hendricks County on Thursday afternoon.

The crash happened about 2 p.m. in the northbound lanes of Interstate 65, just south of Interstate 865.

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The injuries were not life-threatening and all of the passengers were restrained, Indiana State Police said.

Special needs students from Mintonye Elementary School in Tippecanoe County were on the bus. They had been to the Indianapolis Zoo on a field trip and were on their way back home.

ISP said a box truck swerved into the bus' lane and nearly struck the bus. 

"The bus driver made an evasive maneuver to the left to miss getting hit," said Sgt. Rich Myers, with Indiana State Police. "When she did, it got in the grass median here, which is rain-soaked, very soft. She lost control of the bus. The bus did flip over one time and ended up landing on its wheels."

Police are looking for the driver of that box truck. 

"We'd like to talk to that driver and find out their version of the story also," Myers said.

Although the truck and bus never made contact, the crash still qualifies as a hit-and-run under Indiana law.

St. Vincent Hospital received four adults and two children, and IU Methodist Hospital received five patients.

Officials at St. Vincent said none of the six patients had to be admitted to the hospital, and they were all treated and released shortly after 5 p.m. Thursday.

Methodist officials said all five patients there are in stable condition and most injuries are minor and include cuts, scrapes, bruises and one fracture.

Methodist officials said all but one adult and one child were sent home from the hospital Thursday. The remaining adult and child were kept overnight Thursday for observation.

I-65 reopened after the bus was towed away before 3:30 p.m.

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