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Three dead in bus crash
INDIANAPOLIS -- Three people died -- and dozens more were injured -- when a bus carrying a church group crashed in Indianapolis.
Drivers jumped out of their cars immediately after the accident and helped the wounded passengers.
The bus carried young church teenagers and their parents when it failed to make a turn off an I-465 exit ramp in Indianapolis.
A witness said, "This bus, you know, came from my left, hit the concrete median and flipped.”
The church group was returning from a summer camp in Michigan, and was just a mile away from its destination, the Colonial Hills Baptist church. Good Samaritans immediately jumped out of their cars to help dozens of injured passengers. Firefighters worked to free five people trapped inside the bus.
Sasha Sample, nurse said, "I think the driver was the first one I came up on, he was bleeding pretty
bad, so I stole somebody's belt from the best I can remember, got a tourniquet on his arm and just started to help out, everybody else, tried to get everybody who could walk away from the bus."
Twenty-six passengers were injured, in addition to those who died.
Lt. Ato McTush, Indianapolis Fire Dept. said, "Most of them have a lot of head injuries and a lot of external injuries.”
Two victims were airlifted to the hospital. Witnesses saw the bus traveling at a high rate of speed.
"It was going very fast, I have no idea how fast the bus just flew into my vision right away and flipped, just in an instant,” said a witness.
City and state investigators are on the scene trying to determine the cause of the crash.