Update 5:45 p.m. EDT Sept. 24: The exact number of students who received medical care is not known, but Mars district officials said six children were hospitalized immediately for treatment of minor bumps and bruises. Other students were taken to area hospitals for a check-up as a precaution.
Police and emergency responders are on the scene, according to WPXI-TV, and multiple injuries have been reported.
At least four people were receiving treatment at the scene for minor injuries, according to officials with the Mars Area School District, who also confirmed 41 students were on the bus at time of the accident.
Here’s the statement the district issued after the accident.
“Mars Area School District School Bus #4 was involved in a single vehicle accident on Route 228 at approximately 3 p.m. today (Monday, Sept. 24).
As per District procedure, 911 was immediately called and emergency responders were dispatched to the scene. All students are being examined by emergency medical personnel. Some minor injuries were reported.
The District is contacting the parents of all students who were on the bus at the time of the accident directly. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.”
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Mars is located between Pittsburgh and Butler in southern Butler County.