Driver of Light-Colored Sedan Wanted in Hit-Run Crash with School Bus that Injured 14 Students

Police are seeking the driver of a light-colored, newer-model sedan involved in a vehicle crash Wednesday morning in East Lampeter Township that injured 14 students on a school bus and the bus driver.

The crash happened about 7:50 a.m. in the 2600 block of Lincoln Highway East.

A shorter-length school bus tipped onto its side. Two students remained hospitalized late Wednesday afternoon.

The bus driver and 13 other students sustained lesser injuries and were treated at area hospitals.

All were Lancaster Mennonite School students.

Lincoln Highway East (Route 30) was closed in both directions between Route 896 and North Cherry Lane for several hours.

Initial information indicates the wanted driver caused the crash by attempting to pass two tractor-trailers and their escort vehicles while headed east on Lincoln Highway East.

The bus was traveling west. As the sedan driver was making the pass (into the opposing lane), the bus was approaching from that lane. The sedan veered back into the east lane, striking the rear of an escort vehicle. That escort vehicle was pushed into the westbound lane and side-swiped the bus, causing the bus to yaw and impact one of the tractor-trailer’s load.

The bus then tipped onto its side.

The sedan, with a male driver, continued eastbound. Anyone with information about that driver or the vehicle, which would have front-bumper damage, is asked to contact East Lampeter Township police at 717-291-4676.

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