One of the Central Dauphin students injured in Tuesday’s school bus crash suffered broken vertebrae and needed stitches.
The 17-year-old boy was ejected from the bus. His dad says he was released from the hospital Wednesday evening.
The crash happened at Williams View Drive and Ray View Drive in Lower Paxton Township at around 7 a.m. Tuesday.
Twenty-five high schoolers were on the bus when it skidded off the road.
“I almost had an anxiety attack because that could have been my bus and I could have been on it,” said Wyatt Giles, a fourth grader who lives across the street from the scene of the crash. “The whole window frame got cut out.”
The bus took down a few trees and a traffic sign, which is lying on the side of the road. Lower Paxton police continue to investigate the incident.
Central Dauphin School District is blaming the slippery road conditions.
District officials declined our request for an interview but sent us a statement, saying, in part, “The safety of our students is our primary concern first, last and always. Ultimately, we are most grateful for the students and the members of the community who bravely and quickly worked together to address a scary and difficult event.”
“We’ve had issues in the past,” said Becky Giles, a Central Dauphin parent. “Every time it snows, there’s buses stuck out on the mountain.”
Bus company Durham School Services says it has no record of receiving any feedback on the driver involved, and can’t comment as the investigation of the crash is underway.
“They don’t use chains,” said Becky Giles. “I won’t let my son go on the bus anymore until something’s done about that.”
Three students were sent to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries Tuesday. Others were checked out by the Central Dauphin school nurse.