Published September 20. 2021 01:50PM
Three of the 32 people injured in a Sunday bus crash in Schuylkill County are in critical condition.
The bus crashed on Interstate 81 southbound at 2:36 p.m. at mile marker 111.7, the Hegins exit, in Frailey Township. The driver lost control, traveling off the road and the right shoulder. The bus traveled across Route 25, striking a center guide rail, an embankment and stopped about 50 feet into the woods. The bus was the second of three buses traveling as a group.
State Police Public Information officer David Beohm held a press conference at the Frackville barracks to provide an update on the incident.
“That created quite a challenge for the fire and EMS here in Schuylkill County,” he said.
He said the incident is “still an active investigation.”
The driver of the bus Premiere #1 Limousine, which is from Middletown, was identified as Adam Wright, 37, of Lancaster. He is in serious condition. Beohm said the driver was conscious after the crash. Beohm said he does not know if the driver was wearing a seat belt. He isn’t aware of any medical condition that might have caused the crash.
Five of the occupants were flown to hospitals, Geisinger Hospital in Shamokin, Danville, Hershey and Lehigh Valley Hospital Schuylkill-East Norwegian Street.
WGAL8 reported those on the bus were from the LCBC Church’s Manheim Campus who were returning from a retreat near Lake Champion, New York.
Beohm said seven fire departments assisted on scene. In all, 25 EMS units also responded from Schuylkill, Lebanon, Dauphin and Northumberland.
The PSP CARS units Forensic Services Unit and MCSAP units responded. A commercial vehicle inspection was performed on site. He didn’t believe there were any malfunctions with the bus. The National Transportation Safety Board is not involved.
“We’re gong to get it right,” he said of the investigation.
Those who witnessed the crash are asked to call state police at Frackville at 570-874-5300.
Thirty-two people were injured when a bus going southbound on Interstate 81 in Schuylkill County went into the woods on Sunday. COPYRIGHT LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
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