Woman spills drink, causing bus to crash with 20+ students on board, Ind. officials say

JASPER COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — According to Indiana State Police, a Griffith bus carrying players and staff of the boys basketball team crashed and overturned on Interstate 65 near mile marker 230 in Jasper County on Saturday afternoon.

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State Police said that multiple injuries occurred as a result of the accident, but none are believed to be life threatening.

Police said 14 people were taken to nearby hospitals.

A release from the Indiana State Police says that the crash was caused by a driver in a 2001 Kia who spilled a drink on herself and sideswiped Griffith’s bus, which caused the bus to overturn.

WHAM-TV reported that 27 people were on board — six adults and 21 students.

According to a press release from the Griffith High School, Griffith’s Freshmen boys basketball coach David Garrett was airlifted to the University of Chicago Hospital.

The team was on its way to Lafayette for a semi-state tournament game.

“Out hearts are heavy today,” Griffith Public Schools Superintendent Peter Morikis stated in the release. “What began with excitement – as the fulfillment of a dream to play in the semistate tournament – has ended tragically. We are praying today for the members of our Griffith school family, who have been injured.”

All lanes of I-65 were reopened around 4 p.m.

Griffith’s game against Marion has been postponed at this time.

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