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3 killed in Indianapolis bus accident

4:47 PM, Jul 27, 2013   |    comments
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INDIANAPOLIS -- 5:45 p.m. update: Among those killed in a Northeastside bus accident are a husband and wife, the Indianapolis Fire Department reports.

Information on the third fatality, reported to be a teen-ager, remains unavailable.

Indianapolis fire officials say the bus tried to navigate a turn from the I-465 exit ramp onto Keystone Avenue "at a high rate of speed'' before the accident occurred.

The injured were taken to five area hospitals -- Community North, Methodist, Riley Hospital for Children, St. Vincent and Wishard.

5:15 p.m. update: Most of the victims in a Northeastside bus accident are young people from Colonial Hills Baptist Church, returning from a summer camp, the Indianapolis Fire Department reported.

A total of 12 ambulances have been used so far to transport the injured from the accident near 96th Street and Keystone Avenue. The injured include adults and children, according to the fire department.

Fire officials confirm three deaths in the accident.

Families of the passengers are being directed to the church, which is about a mile south of the accident scene at 8140 Union Chapel Road.

The accident has caused a large diesel fuel spill, and hazardous materials crews are working to clean up the area.

Earlier: A bus accident has been reported near 96th Street and Keystone Avenue. Three deaths and at least five critical injuries have been reported; more than a dozen other passengers have suffered some injury, according to initial police reports.

The large passenger bus overturned on its side near the I-465 overpass, leaving passengers trapped inside. Indianapolis Fire Department rescue crews now report that all of the trapped have been extricated.

The accident occurred about 4:15 p.m., and police and rescue workers are still determining the extent of the injuries. Police are closing streets in the area.

According to initial reports, about 40 people were on the bus. The injured are being transported to area hospitals; at least one is being airlifted.

Families of the injured are being gathered at a nearby church.


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