UPDATE: 1 Lancaster student remains hospitalized after bus accident

May 17, 2017 by and

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This story was updated May 26.

An elementary school student at Lancaster (Pa.) Mennonite School remained hospitalized one week after a bus crash May 17 in East Lampeter Township.

LNP reported a 6-year-old boy was ejected from the bus and trapped during the crash. The boy was taken to Lancaster General Hospital and later airlifted to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Superintendent Pam Tieszen told MWR May 25 that the student remained hospitalized but was “making progress.”

James P. Irvin III, 46, of Lancaster Township, was charged May 24 with multiple violations in what police called a hit-and-run accident that involved a bus carrying 14 LMS students, LNP reported.

WHTM reported a Penn­DOT spokesperson said the bus collided with a tractor-trailer hauling a pre-manufactured home. A driver in a sedan attempted to pass the oversize load and struck one of the escort cars, which then struck the bus.

Gary Hiller, LMS director of marketing and communications, told MWR all 14 students and the driver were taken to Lancaster General Hospital. All but two were treated and released the same day.

One student, whom LNP reported was a 16-year-old boy, was transferred to Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del., and later released.

Images from the scene showed the bus lying on its right side with its front caved in and windshield shattered.

Tieszen said recovery from the accident was a repeated request for prayer at the school’s end-of-spring events.

“This is truly an incident you hope never happens for any school,” she said. “God has been gracious when you look at the scene. … It pulls us together in a way one would never expect.”


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