School bus flips in hit-run; 14 students taken to Lancaster County hospital

Authorities are searching for a hit-and-run driver after a school bus with 14 kids aboard flipped on its side in eastern Pennsylvania early Wednesday.

The accident, involving a Lancaster Mennonite School bus transporting students to school, happened around 7:50 a.m. on Route 30, near Route 896, in East Lampeter Township, Lancaster County, about a half-mile east of the Rockvale Outlets.

PennDOT officials tell CBS21 News, preliminary reports show the driver of a white sedan was trying to pass another auto on the road but misjudged the distance, causing a three-car collision.

Police are looking for the light-colored sedan and its male driver.

Fifteen students and the school bus driver were hospitalized, a Lancaster General Hospital spokesperson said. The driver of another vehicle was also injured. That child's condition was not available. Three of the injured were trauma patients.

One of the students who sustained traumatic injuries has been airlifted to a children's hospital in the area.

Bowman said the eastbound vehicle tried to pass a tractor-trailer carrying an over-sized load and the rig's escort auto, also traveling east. All other injuries are considered minor at this time, a Lancaster General Hospital spokesperson said. The vehicle was last seen traveling east on Route 30.

The students had been picked up at four locations in Chester County, and the bus was going to drop them off at the main campus at 2176 Lincoln Highway East, about a mile from the accident.

The students were from the Lancaster Mennonite School, police said. Police are seeking a light-colored sedan that may have front-end damage.

"Obviously, our first source is God and the strength that he provides in situations like this", said Lancaster Mennonite Superintendent Pam Tieszen.

This is a developing story.

  • Salvatore Jensen