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BUS CRASH: More than 50 hurt

May 23, 2013

A school bus slammed into the back of another one, setting off a chain-reaction crash involving four buses Wednesday. Approximately 50 middle and high students were left with non-serious injuries and one driver seriously injured. Photo contributed

NORTH WEBSTER (AP) — Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department F.A.C.T. team members have released the names of the four school bus drivers in yesterday’s crash along State Road 13 north of the town of North Webster.

A school bus slammed into the back of another one, setting off a chain-reaction crash involving four buses in northern Indiana, leaving about 50 middle and high students with non-serious injuries and one driver seriously injured.

Cynthia K. Routh, 64, of North Webster, was driving the lead bus that had stopped to drop off a student. David W. Granger, 63, of Warsaw, was driving the bus following behind Routh. Julie K. Close, 47, of Syracuse, was driving the third bus, and the final and rear bus was driven by John R. Wagoner, 61, of North Webster. Wagoner’s school bus impacted the rear of the bus driven by Close, causing the chain reaction of all vehicles.

The crash injured 55 people Wednesday, including three of the four bus drivers, Kosciusko County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Chad Hill said.
One of the drivers was taken by helicopter to Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne.

According to Parkview Regional Medical Center officials, Wagoner was out of surgery from last night and is currently listed in stable and fair condition from internal injuries. Close was reportedly in fair condition with an unspecified leg injury.

Counselors were made available at the Wawasee Middle and High School today for students.

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