Bus carrying Wyoming students crashes in Iowa
Monday, June 6, 2011
MINDEN, Iowa (AP) — A bus transporting a youth marching band from Wyoming to Indiana crashed and ended up on its side Monday in western Iowa, leaving more than three dozen people injured, authorities said.
Thirty-nine people were taken to hospitals in Omaha, Neb., and Council Bluffs, Iowa, after the crash on Interstate 80 near Minden, according to Jessica Lown, spokeswoman for the Iowa Department of Public Safety.
No one suffered life-threatening injuries in the crash, and the group had boarded a new bus and resumed its trek to Indianapolis by early Monday afternoon.
“The vast majority of injuries are really minor — bumps and bruises,” Lown said.
Investigators believe the accident happened after the motor coach blew a tire around 7:45 a.m., Lown said. The bus skidded off the interstate and landed on its side in a field.
The students are members of the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps, which travel around the country performing during the summer months. Members range in age from 14 to 21, said Lauren Baker, 21, of Sandy, Utah, who was on the bus when the crash happened.
The group had left Cheyenne, Wyo., the night before following a performance there, Baker said, and most were asleep when the crash occurred.
A rescue helicopter flew the bus driver to an Omaha hospital with serious injuries after he was pinned inside the vehicle, Pottawattamie County Sheriff Jeff Danker said. He said the driver was released from the hospital by late Monday morning.