WOLFLAKE, Ind. (WANE) — A Central Noble Schools bus with students aboard went off South Wolf Lake Road and tipped Tuesday morning.
None of the 30 students aboard Bus 17 were seriously hurt, though three suffered minor injuries, the Noble County Sheriff’s Department told WANE 15.
The incident happened just before 8:45 a.m. at South Wolf Lake Road and C.R. 100 South, near Pleasant Lake. The county EMA sent an alert for motorists to avoid the area.
According to a sheriff’s department report, the bus – carrying students to Central Noble Primary School in Wolf Lake – was traveling west/southwest on Wolf Lake Road when the “bus tires went off the north side of the roadway into a small grass shoulder.” Due to the “pitch of the shoulder and the wet grass,” the driver could not regain control of the bus and it went down a hill into a yard in the 2500 block of West Wolf Lake Road, the report said.
The bus rolled onto its side as it slid down the hill, the report said.
The bus was equipped with seatbelts, the sheriff’s department said. The three students with minor injuries said they had “minor pain due to the seatbelts,” the report said.
The driver, who was not named, was taken to Parkview Noble Hospital for a chemical test, though the sheriff’s department noted “there was no indication of impairment with the driver and no signs of intoxication.”
The students were checked out at the scene and taken off to school, where they were checked again by medics and school administrators. Parents were allowed to meet their children at school, the sheriff’s department said.
Central Noble Community Schools Superintendent Troy Gaff released the following statement late Tuesday morning:
This morning a Central Noble Community Schools Primary Shuttle bus transporting 31 students was involved in a rollover accident. The cause of the accident is still under investigation by the Noble County Sheriff’s Department and the Indiana State Police.
Due to the bus being equipped with seat belts only 3 minor injuries were reported; no students were transported by EMS. All students were transferred to CN Primary where families were contacted.
Students safety is a priority and we are thankful for the quick response and support by local emergency personnel.
The bus was flipped back upright around 9:30 a.m. Indiana State Police will inspect the bus.
The crash remains under investigation.
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