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No students hurt in 3-vehicle accident involving school bus in Hempfield Township

November 15, 2018

A three-vehicle crash involving a school bus Friday afternoon on Route 819 in Hempfield sent three people to the hospital, though no students were injured, authorities said.

The wreck near the intersection with Dunn Road, south of Greensburg, was reported about 4:20 p.m., according to Westmoreland County dispatchers. Four occupants in two cars were injured, though only three were sent to hospitals for treatment. Their names and conditions were not immediately released.

The cause of the crash could not be immediately determined, said Midway-St. Clair Deputy Fire Chief Steve Kohl. The bus had extensive damage on one side. One car was heavily damaged on both its front and rear, while the other had front-end damage.

“It could have been a lot worse,” Kohl said. “No students were hurt; that’s a good thing.”

The Hempfield Area School District bus was carrying 20 elementary students.

The children were loaded onto fire trucks to keep warm while first responders cleaned up the scene. Most of the students were in high spirits, chattering and pointing at news helicopters overhead.

Parents arriving at the crash scene were able to take their children home once they showed ID. Children whose parents could not come to the scene were taken home by another bus.

School district officials also came to the scene.

State police, Mutual Aid Ambulance and several fire departments responded.

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