Over A Dozen Students Injured In Lancaster School Bus Crash


Police continue to search for the hit-and-run driver who authorities say caused a multi-vehicle crash involving a Lancaster Mennonite school bus Wednesday morning in East Lampeter Township.

The bus was carrying 14 Lancaster Mennonite students picked up in Chester County - 12 high school students, one middle school student and one elementary school student. According to police, the driver was trying to pass two tractor- trailers with oversized loads and the escort auto where the road narrows to one lane.

Police are looking for a late model, white sedan with front-end damage in connection with the crash.

Two Lancaster Mennonite students are still hospitalized - a 16-year-old boy who is expected to be released today from Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware and a 6-year-old boy who is improving but still in critical condition.

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PennDOT spokesperson says more than a dozen children on the bus were injured, and at least one was reported to have been trapped. The injured include the 14 students, the bus driver, and the driver of another vehicle involved in the crash.

As the driver veered back into the eastbound lanes, they hit the rear of an escort vehicle, pushing it into the westbound lane where it side-swiped the school bus-causing the bus tipped onto its side.

One child was airlifted to the hospital after a school bus rolls over near Lancaster, PA - May 17, 2017. All other injuries were considered minor, a hospital spokesperson said, and five students have since been released.

East Lampeter Township is about 65 miles west of Philadelphia. Several pastors are at the Locust Grove Campus today having prayer with the students. The auto hit the escort vehicle, which caused it to, in turn, hit the school bus.