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Bus-car collision kills 1 in Indiana

| Sunday, July 13, 2014, 8:15 p.m.

RICHMOND, Ind. — A Greyhound bus traveling from St. Louis to New York City collided on Sunday with a car on an eastern Indiana highway, killing one person and injuring at least 18, an official said.

The crash happened in the morning on Interstate 70 near Richmond, which is about 70 miles east of Indianapolis and 35 miles west of Dayton, Ohio, where it planned to make a stop. Authorities closed all lanes of the highway, reopening them about three hours later.

The cause of the collision was being investigated.

Wayne County spokesman Jonathan Duke said one person reportedly was killed and 18 others were taken by ambulance or helicopter to hospitals. He didn't know the extent of the injuries.

A dispatcher with the Wayne County Sheriff's Department said she believed the driver of the bus, which had heavy damage to its front end, was airlifted to an Indianapolis hospital. The driver's condition was not available.

Some of the injured were taken to Reid Memorial Hospital in Richmond, including many who were treated for minor injuries such as cuts, scrapes and bruises, hospital spokesman Larry Price said. About half of them had been discharged.

“I would describe them as walking and wounded,” Price said. “At last check, it didn't appear that we were going to have to admit someone.”

Brandi Schroeder, who drove past the accident scene while returning home to Indianapolis from Ohio, said the bus ended up off the shoulder of the highway's eastbound lane, and the other vehicle lay crushed in the inbound lane.

She said that vehicle was so badly flattened that she couldn't see its wheels or tell whether it was a car or truck.

“I've seen a lot of accidents, and I've never seen anything like this,” Schroeder said.

She said there were police cars and firetrucks everywhere.

The bus was carrying 24 passengers and the driver, Greyhound spokeswoman Alexandria Pedrini said. Two other buses were dispatched to Richmond for the passengers, she said.

Pedrini said she could not release any information on the driver.

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