15 students receive minor injuries in Decatur Township school bus crash

Authorities were called to a Decatur Township Schools bus crash about 4 p.m. Oct. 23, 2017, at West Ralston and Paddock roads on the Indianapolis southwest side. (WISH Photo/Julian Grace)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Minor injuries were reported as authorities issued a Level 1 mass casualty alert Monday afternoon after a Decatur Township Schools bus crash.

Authorities at the scene said the bus carried 60 students from the Decatur Township Blue Academy, an elementary school that teaches science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, subjects.

Fifteen students were taken to Franciscan Health Mooresville hospital with minor injuries, authorities at the scene said. Crews also rushed the bus driver to the hospital.

As of Monday evening, all 15 students and the bus driver have been released from the hospital.

It was not immediately clear how severe the crash was or what caused it. Photos from the scene indicated the school bus crashed into a box truck belonging to R.T. Moore, a heating, plumbing and mechanical contractor in Indianapolis.

Emergency medical responders were the first dispatched to the scene shortly before 4 p.m. About 10 minutes later, police were dispatched to the crash.

“The response time from Decatur Township fire and school resources officers was outstanding,” said Tony Burchett with Decatur Township Schools.

James Wilson received a call from his wife about the bus crash. Wilson’s daughter takes the school bus home. We caught Wilson shortly after he arrived to the hospital.

“Grateful and blessed to be honest, my daughter had some of the photos from the accident, it could have been bad for the children and the driver as well. We are grateful and thankful in this matter,” said Wilson.