A bus carrying dozens of young church members and their chaperones ran off the road on Sunday and injured more than 30 people on board. The senior pastor stated that all passengers on the bus were injured in the accident.
Bus carrying dozens of young people ran off the road and injured more than 30 people
According to a Pennsylvania State Police report, the bus was traveling on Interstate 81 in Schuylkill County at the time of the accident. For an “unknown reason,” the driver lost control of the vehicle and “ran off the roadway.”
The bus veered off the right shoulder, crossed Route 25 before striking a guardrail and hitting an embankment. The bus eventually came to a stop about fifty yards away in a wooded area, where firefighters and EMS assisted those on board.
About 30 people were taken to hospital with injuries, according to police. The bus was carrying members of Lives Changed by Christ Church in Lancaster County, the church confirmed.
In a statement posted on the church’s website Sunday, LCBC senior pastor David Ashcraft said the passengers included high school freshman and sophomore girls.
Ashcraft stated that all of the passengers on the bus were injured in the accident and that “all but one were transported to five local hospitals for care.”
As of Sunday evening, two-thirds of the injured had been released from the hospital, and the remainder were still hospitalized, including “several in critical condition.”
“We ask that you continue to pray for each student and their families during this very difficult time. Specifically, we ask God for comfort and healing for each student along with wisdom and skill for the medical teams caring for them.” Ashcraft wrote.