3 killed, dozens hurt in bus crash on Interstate 465 near 96th Street and Keystone Ave.

INDIANAPOLIS - Three people were killed and dozens of others were injured in a bus crash Saturday afternoon on Interstate 465 near 96th Street and Keystone Avenue.

Police said the bus was carrying nearly 40 children and adults who are members of Colonial Hills Baptist Church. The bus was returning from summer camp in Michigan before it overturned about 4:15 p.m.

Witnesses said the bus was coming off of I-465 before trying to turn onto Keystone Avenue, but didn't slow down.

"Just as I went through (the intersection), I heard a skid. I looked back. I see this bus in the air and people falling out of the bus," witness Duane Lloyd said. "I could have gone my whole life without seeing that."

"I saw this bus going so fast and I thought God that guy is going fast and that's an old bus, I drive a school bus and so seeing that this every bus driver's worst fear," witness Carol Albright said.

Emergency Medical Technician Justin Walker was one of the first responders at the scene.

"It was kind of chaos there for a minute. There were people underneath the bus trying to get people out and pulling them out. I was yelling at them to tell them the bus is not stable," Walker said.

Indianapolis Fire Department spokeswoman Lt. Rita Burris confirmed the fatalities and said survivors were being taken to area hospitals. Those injured include children and adults.

"They were not that far from home. ... That only adds to the tragedy," Indianapolis Public Safety Director Tony Riggs said.

The deceased victims included a husband and wife, Riggs said. Authorities did not provide information on the third victim.

Officials with IU Health Methodist Hospital reported that three teens were treated and released, and six other teens remained in good condition.

Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health reported that seven teens were treated and released. Two teens and a toddler were admitted and were said to be in good condition.

Pastor Emeritus Bob Taylor thanked the community for their prayers and support. He also expressed sadness over the event, but said that he took comfort in knowing that the victims were in heaven.

 

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