Published January 11, 2007
WERNERSVILLE, Pa. (AP) - A tractor-trailer collided with a school bus and a van early yesterday, knocking the bus into a cornfield and injuring a total of 10 people, school officials said.
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Seven students on the bus were treated for broken bones and cuts, while two students in the van were expected to be kept in the hospital overnight, said Robert Urzillo, superintendent of the Conrad Weiser School District.
The bus driver was hospitalized with a broken pelvis.
The bus was stopped at a red light on Route 422 with 15 middle-and high school students aboard when it was hit around 7:50 a.m., Urzillo said.
The circumstances of the accident were not immediately clear, but Urzillo said the tractor-trailer apparently first hit the front of a van, then bounced and hit the bus.
All the students were able to get off the bus, but seven of them and the driver were taken to hospitals by ambulance, Urzillo said.
Authorities had not decided yesterday whether to cite the driver of the tractor-trailer and the accident remained under investigation, said Officer Gary Chwastiak, of the Lower Heidelberg Township Police Department.
Wernersville is about 5 miles west of Reading.