The Griffith High School boy’s basketball team was on its way to the Indiana state semifinal game on Saturday along I-65 when another motorist spilled a drink on herself, according to the Indiana State Police, and sideswiped the Type C school bus at approximately 12:10 p.m. local time. The bus with 21 students and six adults on board veered off the highway and into a ditch, where it rolled over onto the roof which appeared to be at least partially crushed. A surgeon who stopped to offer assistance told the Indianapolis Star that only one passenger had to be extracted via emergency crew while the rest came off the bus without assistance.
An investigation by state police was ongoing at this report.
All school buses are required to comply with roof-crush tests under FVMSS 220, but the standard merely offers a benchmark for manufacturers to use in strengthening roof construction, and no test can possibly address every possible crash and crash forces placed upon school buses, as a highway safety expert who wished to remain anonymous told STN.