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More than 30 people have been injured – including two critically – in a serious accident involving a bus that was carrying Philadelphia schoolchildren.
The accident occurred around 9:30 a.m. on stretch of I-95 in Havre de Grace, Maryland, when a Werner Coach bus carry students, teachers and chaperones from the C.W. Henry School in West Mount Airy overturned. The bus was holding 26 children, two teachers, a parent chaperone and the driver, according to Maryland State Police.
One child and one adult – a teacher, according to reports – suffered critical injuries and were immediately airlifted to nearby hospitals. The other children and adults were also transported to close-by hospitals. Some are suffering from broken bones, head injuries and asthma attacks, among other injuries, according to police.
The bus was reportedly on the way to Washington, D.C. for a field trip. Philly.com reports that the crash might’ve occurred when a car attempting to pass the bus lost control, veered across the highway and clipped the front of the bus.
At a press conference this afternoon, Philadelphia School District superintendent William R. Hite said officials were “working on a transportation plan to help parents and families reunite with their loved ones.”
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The Charles W. Henry School will remain open all night and serve as the “reunification” center for crash victims and their families. Workers with Red Cross and the Salvation Army will be there. Parents inquiring about those involved in the crash are encouraged to call 215-400-5858 for more information.
There have been no reported deaths as of 3 p.m. Monday.
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