A collision between a school bus and a tow truck took place on a Pennsylvania road on Wednesday. This unfortunate incident resulted in 49 children and two adults being transported to the hospital. The bus, which was carrying 54 students from kindergarten to eighth grade, was en route to Bear Creek Community Charter School in Wilkes-Barre for their second day of classes. The accident happened at approximately 8:10 a.m. along Route 115 in Luzerne County, as announced by the Pennsylvania State Police during a press briefing.
As of Wednesday afternoon, Bear Creek CEO Jim Smith informed The Post that four out of the 49 hospitalized children were still under medical care for their moderate injuries.
Additionally, Suzanne Ent, the 53-year-old bus driver, and Edward Steinmann, the 28-year-old tow truck driver, both sustained moderate injuries and were hospitalized, according to State Police Captain Patrick Dougherty’s statement during the early morning press conference.
At the location of the incident, students underwent a triage process.
As outlined in a community bulletin shared with The Post, Bear Creek CEO Smith clarified that certain students were discharged to their parents, while others required transportation via ambulance to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Hospital. Additionally, a separate group of students was conveyed to the same hospital in a second school bus under the escort of state police.
Photographs taken at the accident scene depict substantial front-end damage to both the school bus and the tow truck.
State Police Captain Dougherty confirmed that all the parents of the children involved in the incident have been informed.