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Last updated on Monday, March 12, 2012
(INDIANAPOLIS) - Indianapolis Metro Police say a bus driver and a child are dead following a school bus crash earlier this morning. At least 12 others on the bus were injured, two of them critically.
It happened just before 8:00 a.m. in the 900 block of Emerson Avenue, near Southeastern Avenue. The front of the school bus smashed into one of the support pillars for a train bridge.
The driver of the school bus died at the scene along with a child. At least 12 others on the bus were injured and taken to nearby hospitals.
Two children are listed in critical condition. The other ten children on board suffered bumps and bruises. They were taken to Wishard Hospital and Riley Hospital for Children.
No word yet on what caused the crash.
The school bus was transporting children to Lighthouse Charter School on Sloan Avenue, just north of Beech Grove. The bus was just two miles away from the school when the crash occurred.
Students on the bus range in age from 5 to 16.
By 9:30 am, parents were picking up their children at Lighthouse charter. One woman said she wanted to tell her ten-year-old son what happened herself. Many parents were visibly upset.
One mother who drives her children to school says she's angry, and asked why seatbelts aren't used on buses.
Parents looking for information about the school bus and the children on the bus at the time of the crash are asked to call Lighthouse Charter School at 351-1534.
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