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Four school buses from Pennsylvania involved in crash

A crash in a nearby state saw more than 30 people from a Pennsylvania summer camp taken to the hospital. The car accident involved four school buses carrying 9- and 10-year-old children from Camp Lindenmere in Pocono Township, Pennsylvania. Staff members from the camp were also on the buses and injured during the collision. The buses' occupants were on a field trip to an amusement park.

According to the state police, the caravan of five buses was traveling on Interstate 80 when one school bus rear-ended another. The rear-ended bus was pushed forward and collided with the back of another bus. After being struck, that bus was then pushed into a fourth bus that was stopped in traffic. The fifth bus transporting kids was not involved.

The driver that allegedly instigated the crash was issued a summons for careless driving, according to the authorities. Heavy front-end damage to that bus caused it to be disabled.

Staff and campers from Camp Lindenmere were transported to nearby hospitals for complaints of pain, including scrapes and bruises, where they were evaluated by medical professionals. There were no fatalities in the accident and no indication of any serious injuries. One child was taken to the hospital because of an asthma attack.

This situation is a parent's worst nightmare. Parents should not have to fear their children getting injured because of a bus driver's negligence. Bus drivers are obligated to protect the safety of their passengers, and driving recklessly violates that obligation. Thankfully there were no serious injuries, but the accident could have been much worse.

Source: Daily Record, "Campers, staff hurt in Rt. 80 crash," Meghan Van Dyk, June 28, 2012

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