Indiana police: tour bus crashes, several injured

(WISH Photo/Chopper 8)

GREENWOOD, Ind. (AP) — Officials say a double-decker tour bus flipped onto its side on a highway near Indianapolis, badly injuring one person and hurting more than a dozen others.

State police Sgt. Shawn O’Keefe says the bus carrying between 50 and 60 people crashed about 4:30 a.m. Tuesday on Interstate 65 when its driver apparently swerved to avoid a minor crash that had occurred 10 minutes earlier.

Greenwood fire Battalion Chief Chris Harrell told reporters at the scene that one person was taken to a hospital in critical condition, while four people had moderate injuries and 14 had minor injuries.

Indianapolis television stations reported the bus was operated by the Megabus line and was traveling from Atlanta to Chicago. Messages from The Associated Press to Megabus weren’t immediately returned.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

PHOTOS: Megabus crash injures dozens

A double decker tour bus flipped onto its side early Tuesday on a highway near Indianapolis, seriously injuring about a half dozen people, police said.

The bus carrying between 50 and 60 people crashed about 4:30 a.m. on Interstate 65 when its driver apparently swerved to avoid a minor crash that had occurred about 10 minutes earlier, state police Sgt. Shawn O’Keefe said.

“The driver apparently didn’t see it because of the rain or something and swerved to avoid it,” O’Keefe said. “The bus driver swerved and ended up turning the bus over on its side and it went into the median.”

The roadway was wet from overnight storms and some light rain continued in central Indiana about the time of the crash.

Emergency workers on the scene reported six to eight serious injuries, along with 20 to 25 people with moderate or minor injuries, O’Keefe said. The bus, which was northbound, crashed in the southern Indianapolis suburb of Greenwood

O’Keefe said he didn’t know whether any of the injuries were life-threatening. He didn’t immediately know the ownership of the bus or its planned route, although television video showed the destination board on the front of the bus reading Chicago.

Both northbound and southbound lanes of I-65 could be closed for several hours as the bus became entangled in the median’s cable barrier, O’Keefe said.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s