Nearly 30 Pennsylvania middle school students survived a scary crash on the way to school Monday after their school bus went off the road and plunged 25 feet into a creek.
The bus carrying the 29 students to Easton Area Middle School was traveling north before the driver lost control, went through the guard rail and plummeted into the creek.
The early morning crash left eight students and the bus driver injured after it rolled into Bushkill Creek in Easton.
‘Everyone was really scared,’ student Jayden Melendez told CBS Philly.
‘The bus hit the bump, kids were in the air and the guy next to me like landed on my ankle which made it hurt. And then I hit my head on the window.’
Melendez was checked for a concussion at the hospital but was later discharged.
The cause of the crash is under investigation.
A group of 30 middle school students from Easton, Pennsylvania were involved in a Monday morning accident after their school bus crashed into Bushkill Creek
The bus had swerved into a guard rail and plummeted 25 feet into the creek below
Emergency services were called to the scene at around 7.40am
The crash was reported at around 7.40am to emergency services with crews from the local police and fire department dispatched to the scene.
Crews began the process of removing students after they found the bus sitting in the creek.
Two students and the bus driver, who were injured, had to be carried up the embankment using a stretcher.
‘Since it was down an embankment we utilized ground ladders to get them from the creek bed back up to the bike path/ walking trail,’ Easton Fire Chief Henry Hennings said to PEOPLE in a statement.
‘Once everyone was removed from the bus all patients were triaged and if needed transported to local hospitals for treatment.’
Dashcam footage captured the bus swerving over the yellow lines in the middle of the road on Bushkill Drive
The bus then hit into the guard rail and was seen rolling down the hill
Onlookers stopped their vehicles and appeared to walk down towards the creek to investigate
An additional five children were reportedly taken to the hospital by their own parents with their conditions unknown.
All students, however, were accounted for and reunited with their families.
A bus had arrived at the crash site at around 8.45am to transport the children to their parents, who were waiting in a nearby area.
‘People all over crying and that and I found out my grandson was alright,’ Charles Holmes Sr, whose grandson was found with a sprained ankle and bruises, told ABC.
‘I called him on the phone and I found out he was fine, but he hit his head pretty hard.’
Local Charles Holmes Sr, whose grandson had suffered a sprained ankle and bruises, said that people were ‘all over crying’ at the crash scene
Easton Police Chief Carl Scalzo said that he was grateful that the crash didn’t turn out worse
Some students who were involved also spoke out about the crash with one calling it ‘kinda scary.’
Melendez later added that the school district needs to do a better job of hiring qualified drivers.
‘I want them to actually hire qualified people to drive us to school,’ he said.
Although the cause of the crash is still unknown, Easton Area School District official John Remaley said that they are testing the driver for drug and alcohol impairment.
‘Making sure our students are safe and the welfare and safety is first and foremost. We were down here with parents, making sure proper unification was accomplished,’ Remaley said.
The bus was removed from the creek around noon by two tow trucks
Local authorities also said that they are grateful that the crash didn’t turn out worse.
‘They could’ve hit any one of those trees, if the water was higher, if there was a vehicle traveling in the opposite direction or if there was somebody on the path, this could’ve been a much different situation,’ Easton Police Chief Carl Scalzo told WFMZ.
‘You look to count the blessings when they’re there and there were a lot this instance.’
Scalzo also mentioned that there was dashcam footage of the crash that was captured by another vehicle on the road.
‘It looks like we have some video with exactly what occurred with the vehicle that was traveling behind the bus,’ he said.
‘We also have physical evidence in the way of yellow marks and skid marks that we utilize when we reconstruct the scene.’
The bus was removed from the creek at around noon by two tow trucks.