Audio from Lancaster County-Wide communications captured the initial response to a crash Wednesday morning where a school bus was struck by a sedan, flipping on its side.
The accident in East Lampeter Township trapped one student under the bus; the student was transported to the hospital via helicopter, police said. According to police, the driver was trying to pass two tractor- trailers with oversized loads and the escort vehicle where the road narrows to one lane.
Police were looking for a light-colored sedan with front bumper damage.
Two Lancaster Mennonite students are still hospitalized - a 16-year-old boy who is expected to be released today from Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware and a 6-year-old boy who is improving but still in critical condition.
Twelve of the children and the two adults have since been treated and released, while the two remaining children are reportedly still being treated for more serious injuries.
The 14 students, the bus driver and another driver were all taken to Lancaster General Hospital.
Investigators say four vehicles were involved: a tractor-trailer, an escort vehicle for the tractor-trailer, the hit-and-run vehicle and the school bus.
Emergency responders in Lancaster County said the accident involving a Lancaster Mennonite school bus bringing students to school occurred shortly before 8 a.m. Wednesday in East Lampeter Township.
"We never really speculate on charges, but we can certainly say this crash has caused devastation", a spokesman said in a statement. The escort vehicle was pushed into the oncoming lane and sideswiped the bus, causing the bus to impact one tractor-trailer's load and tip onto its side, prosecutors said.
"Several pastors are at the Locust Grove Campus today having prayer with the students", the school said.
Police said one student was thrown from the bus and flown to the hospital.