6 Injured In Three Vehicle Crash Involving New London School Bus: 10 People Are Being Treated or Checked For Various Injuries
Three New London students were taken to the hospital after a school bus accident involving a New London District bus and a semi and one other vehicle occurred Tuesday morning. According to a hospital spokesperson Megan Mulholland, three students and two adults were taken to ThedaCare in New London for minor or non-life threatening injuries. It was also confirmed by Mulholland that the children were between the ages of 11-14 and that the driver of semi was air-lifted to the Trauma Center in Neenah for more serious injuries, According to ThedaCare, one of the adults that was taken to the hospital was the school bus driver.
New London School District Superintendent Dr. Kathy Gwidt said they were told that the three children were likely to be released mid morning.
“This was a regular early morning route, in which the bus was hit from behind” said Gwidt.
The accident has lead to the closure of both lanes of Highway 45 at Givens Road. Gwidt added that around 30 students on the bus.
Initial reports from the Outagamie County Sheriffs Department is that the bus was stopped to pickup a student and that the red lights on the back of the bus were on, and the stop sign was extended. The semi was reported to have run into the back of the bus, pushing the bus into another vehicle that was in the other lane stopped for the bus. It was also reported that another vehicle ran into the back of the semi, but that has not been confirmed.
“A majority of the students on the bus are Middle and High School Students” said Gwidt. “As we talk to parents, we are encouraging them to take them in to get them checked out because safety is the absolute number one concern.”
Since that encouragement was given by the district, four other children were brought in to ThedaCare New London by parents to be checked out.
Gwidt said people are ready to help today in anyway needed.
“It is all hands on deck today” confirmed Gwidt. “Everyone from counselors, teachers, principals, staff members and more are her to help in anyway because being involved in this is a traumatic experience for the kids.”
More information about the cause of the accident and those involved is expected to be released at a late time.