Bus crash into the Bushkill Creek sends several middle schoolers and driver to hospital

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The bus is partially submerged in the Bushkill Creek near the bridge that connects to the Karl Stirner Arts Trail. (Photo courtesy of WFMZ)

Nathan Kornfeind, News Editor

An Easton Area School District bus carrying about 30 middle school students crashed into the Bushkill Creek last Monday morning, sending the driver and thirteen students to the hospital for what police and the school district say are minor injuries. 

Recently released dash cam footage from a car behind the school bus shows it approaching a turn on Bushkill Drive, driving onto the grassy shoulder of the road and swerving into the opposite lane. The bus then went through the side rail, down an embankment and into the shallow creek. 

The crash occurred in the 600 block of Bushkill Drive, down the road from Lafayette’s public safety headquarters and near a bridge leading to the Karl Stirner Arts Trail.

First responders from several agencies as well as a pair of good samaritans on the scene helped the students and driver, all of whom made their way to the bank of the creek through the emergency exit of the bus by the time that help arrived, according to Fox 29. According to an interview with Easton Area School District Superintendent David Piperateo in WFMZ, among the students’ injuries are one or two possible concussions, a ligament injury and bumps and bruises. 

Authorities say that the driver remains in the hospital as of Wednesday morning and she is cooperating with the investigation. A blood sample was taken and a toxicology report is expected to be released soon, according to The Morning Call

Police are reconstructing and investigating the scene, though their main focus is on the speed of the bus before the crash. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact police via the Northampton County 911 center at 610-759-2200. Email tips can also be sent to Sgt. Joseph Alonzo, [email protected]; Sgt. Ryan Celia, [email protected]; or officer Eric Campbell at [email protected]