South Eastern students report driver was off route, on a dirt road when school bus rolled

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The York Dispatch
One student was injured when a South Eastern school bus overturned on Tuesday May 11, 2021.

One student was injured Tuesday morning in a rollover crash involving a South Eastern School District bus, according to officials.

The crash happened about 8:05 a.m. Tuesday at Kilgore and Draco roads in Hopewell Township, according to the York County 911 Center. Parent Barb Kerr said the bus was driving students to South Eastern Intermediate and Fawn Area Elementary. 

"The bus overturned. They were all self-extracted prior to our arrival," Eureka Volunteer Fire Co. Chief Mike Forstoffer said. He said it's unclear what caused the bus to roll over.

According to Kerr, her children said the driver was on a dirt road off his route when the bus rolled while he was making a turn. District officials could not immediately be reached for comment. 

One student was taken to WellSpan York Hospital with minor injuries, and 16 other students and the driver on board were checked by fire and EMS at the scene, according to officials.

Eureka Volunteer Fire Department responded when a South Eastern school bus with students on board crashed on Tuesday May 11, 2021.

The students were then bused to the school, where some parents were waiting and students were evaluated again by nursing staff, according to officials.

Kerr, who had four children on the bus, ages 11 and 12, said she took her children to an urgent care clinic, where they were found to have minor physical injuries. She said her daughter called her immediately after the accident and that she received a call from the district just before arriving at the school. 

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State police and Red Lion Bus Inc. are investigating the incident, according to the district. A Red Lion official declined to comment. State police representatives could not immediately be reached for comment.

The road was shut down until crews cleared the crash about 9:30 a.m., Forstoffer said.