This story has been updated with the latest information as of Oct. 18.
SCHUYLKILL COUNTY, Pa. (WHTM) — LCBC’s senior pastor posted a video Oct. 15 saying three more people were released from the hospital but two girls are still staying in medical facilities.
In the video, the pastor said one doesn’t have full sight in one of her eyes and doesn’t have full strength in her legs. He said the other doesn’t have full strength in her legs and is experiencing back pain. Both are undergoing physical therapy.
On Sept. 19, A bus of roughly 30 teenage girls and volunteers heading home from a church retreat was involved in a serious accident in Frailey Township, Schuylkill County Sunday, along I-81, according to LCBC Manheim and emergency dispatchers.
State Troopers say the 37-year-old bus driver lost control for an unknown reason before traveling off the roadway and into a nearby wooded area.
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Officials at LCBC say the group was headed home from a High School Ministry retreat sponsored by LCBC, which has locations in Franklin, York, Lancaster, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lebanon, Berks, Montgomery, Schuylkill, Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties.
Officials say three buses were sent to the retreat. The bus that crashed had mostly freshman and sophomore girls onboard. Over 20 injuries were sustained during the incident and five individuals were flown to area hospitals by helicopter.
Police say it was unlikely for any passengers to be wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash considering many coach busses are not equipped with them.
LCBC Church says most of those injured have been released from the hospital on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, while eight were still hospitalized as of Sept. 23. LCBC officials say they’re receiving “great care” and are recovering well.
LCBC says that while they aren’t sure of the bus driver’s condition, they were able to see him and pray with him at the hospital. On Wednesday, they released a video asking for prayers for all those involved.
The other two buses returned to Manheim safely.
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