On Monday, Nov. 8, a school bus carrying 29 students from middle school in eastern Pennsylvania careened through a guardrail and rolled 25 feet into Bushkill Creek in Easton, injuring thirteen students and the driver as well.
Easton school official John Remaley confirmed that the students’ injuries were minor, and at least two children had to be lifted up the creek embankment in baskets, New York Post reported.
The accident occurred in the 500 block of Bushkill Drive at 7.30 a.m. and by noon the bus had been removed from the creek. Those injured were rushed to local hospitals, added Mr. Remaley.
The cause of the crash is still under investigation. Officials are also looking into whether the driver, whose identity has not been revealed by the police, was under the influence of drugs or alcohol while driving.
“The bus was traveling northbound, veered off, went through the guide rail and went through the path into the creek,” Easton Police Chief Carl Scalzo informed.
He said that the crash could have been worse. “They could’ve hit any one of those trees, if the water was higher, if there was a vehicle traveling in the opposite direction or if there was somebody on the path, this could’ve been a much different situation,” he added.
“You look to count the blessings when they’re there and there were a lot in this instance,” Mr. Scalzo said.
According to The Morning Call, on that day, Cesar Gomez was driving his daughter Daniella, a sixth-grader, to the start of another week at Easton Area Middle School.
Around 7:30 a.m., Gomez and his daughter were driving behind an Easton Area School District bus on Bushkill Drive when the bus swerved right, then left, and down a steep embankment into the Bushkill Creek.
“I just jumped from my car,” Gomez said Tuesday, recalling the terrifying tragedy. “The only thing in my head is I have to get all these kids out of there.”
He and an unidentified woman were the first to arrive and helped the students and driver. He grabbed a tree root and helped each student from the bus while the woman dragged them up the embankment.
Gomez later shared the footage online after giving it to the police.