A bus carrying the Indiana Tech men’s and women’s bowling teams crashed Thursday morning on Interstate 65 in southern Indiana, injuring 21 team members.
Henryville, Ind., State Police officials said the bus veered off the road “for an unknown reason” as it traveled south from Fort Wayne, Indiana en route to competitions in Smyrna, Tennessee. The driver was able to return the bus to the road, but possibly overcompensated because it veered to the opposite side of the southbound lanes and toppled over. The crash occurred around 10:25 a.am about 20 miles north of Louisville, Kentucky.
All 21 people on the bus were taken to nearby hospitals for treatment. One of the passengers is listed in serious condition in a Louisville hospital. None of the passengers received life-threatening injuries, according to various reports.
The bus was owned and operated by Excursion Trailways, a Fort Wayne-based company that operates 55 passenger buses between Indiana and Ohio. According to WISH, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) records show that the company has a satisfactory driver and fleet safety record with only one of its buses deemed failing and pulled from service.
FMCSA records also show that an Excursion Trailways bus was involved in a fatal crash in October 2013 when one of its buses was carrying members of the University of Saint Francis Fort Wayne football team home from a game in Chicago. Authorities investigating that crash reported that a car swerved into the lane where the bus was traveling. The driver “attempted to move over to the left, but was unable to avoid the vehicle,” the police report states.
An investigation of Thursday’s Express Trailways bus crash remains underway and authorities have not speculated as to what may have caused the crash. However, WISH reported from the scene that a large gash could be seen in the bus’s front-left tire.