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Bus crashes down embankment with 32 passengers on board

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UPDATE: Joseph Stender tells FOX56 that all passengers, except for one adult woman, has been treated and released.

The one adult woman admitted with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries, remains in fair condition.


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ORIGINAL STORY: A charter bus crashed down a 40-foot embankment on I-80 eastbound near the Montour Co. rest area Monday morning.

State Police say 28 students and 3 chaperones from the Delphos Jefferson High School in Ohio were on that bus.

It happened at the 218.4 mile marker in Liberty Township around 5:45 a.m., according to the police report.

The driver, Gordon Ooten, reportedly left the south side of the roadway and sheared off a light post before crashing down the embankment.

Officials say six people were said to have minor injuries.

All of the passengers were taken to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville.

Sixteen out of the 32 were treated at the GMC emergency department. Thirteen of the 16 have been treated and released, according to media specialist Joseph Stender of Geisinger.

Two remain in the emergency department under observation.

One adult woman who was admitted with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries, was upgraded to fair condition.

PSP in Milton say Ooten will be cited with failing to drive within a single lane.

Stender says the charter bus was on its way to New York City.

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