Authorities in Indiana are investigating a collision between a bus and a tractor-trailer that killed one person and injured three others Tuesday afternoon.
Officials said that a passenger bus owned by Peak Community Services was traveling west on U.S. 24 just inside Idaville, Indiana’s town limits when it strayed from its lane and crossed the center line, colliding head-on with a tractor-trailer traveling west.
The crash killed 49-year-old Lora E. Anderson of Monticello, Indiana. Ms. Anderson died at the scene from injuries she sustained in the crash.
Two other passengers were taken to I.U. White Memorial Hospital in Monticello for treatment. The extent of their injuries hasn’t been disclosed.
The bus driver, identified as Paige Schwartz of Kentland, Indiana, was airlifted to South Bend Memorial Hospital in Fort Wayne where she was admitted in critical condition, according to Monticello’s Herald Journal.
The driver of the tractor-trailer, Sandeep Singh, of New York, was taken to Indiana University Health White Memorial Hospital, where he was released later in the day.
According to the Herald Journal, the bus Ms. Schwartz was driving is owned by Peak Community Services, an organization that assists the people “with intellectual and developmental disabilities of all ages.”
The crash backed up traffic in both directions for miles. Some of the motorists near the crash site left their vehicles to assist those who were involved. The Indiana State Police Motor Carrier Division, the Monticello Fire Department, Idaville First Response, and the White County Coroner’s Office also responded to the crash, which remains under investigation by the White County Sheriff’s Office.
In 2018, 5,096 large trucks and buses were involved in fatal crashes, an increase of 1% from 2017, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Approximately 107,000 crashes involving large trucks and buses in 2018 resulted in injuries. Overall, there were nearly half a million tractor-trailer and bus crashes in 2018, the last year for which complete data is available, according to the FMCSA.
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