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16 students from Chicago high school injured in Indiana bus crash

Nov. 14, 2022
The students are members of the junior varsity hockey team at St. Ignatius College Prep.

Sixteen students from St. Ignatius College Prep in Chicago were injured Saturday in Indiana when a tractor-trailer rig crashed into their bus.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that the truck was speeding and swerving when it struck the bus in Warsaw, about 50 miles south of South Bend.

On board the bus were 23 members of the St. Ignatius junior varsity boys hockey team and two coaches. The team was headed to a hotel after competing in a tournament earlier in the day.

Police arrested the truck driver on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. Officers on the scene “detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his person and in the cab of the semi,” according to police.

The bus driver was turning left off U.S. 30 when the truck driver went through a red light and struck the rear of the bus.

Initial reports had three of the students in “very critical” condition Saturday at a Fort Wayne hospital. Their conditions had been upgraded to “stable” by Sunday morning, Warsaw police said.

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