Bus carrying Hartland music students home from Chicago flips over; no serious injuries

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A charter bus carrying Hartland Middle School students and chaperones home from a music field trip to Chicago ran off the road and flipped on its side late Saturday evening, causing some students to be transported to the hospital.

According to the district, most students were uninjured, and it said there were no serious injuries reported. The Livingston County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the accident.

The accident occurred as the bus exited I-96 at the Burkhart Road exit in Howell Township. The accident was reported on the Hartland Consolidated Schools Facebook page:

Several of those commenting on the Facebook post reported that chaperones and fellow students did a remarkable job in the aftermath of the accident, with one person writing, “Huge thank you to the chaperones on Bus 1, they kept kids calm, my son was shaken up but uninjured. They kept the kids calm in an extreme situation.”

According to the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office, the tour bus, operated by Ground Travel Specialist Inc. of Brownstown Township, Mich., had 42 students, teachers and chaperones on board, returning froma  band trip. Ten of the studens, six of the adults, and the bus driver were transported to area hospitals for injuries.

The initial investigation revealed that the bus left the roadway and tipped onto its side while negotiating the off ramp from I-96 onto Highland Road. The accident remains under investigation.

The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office was assisted on scene and during reunification of the remaining students by Livingston County Ambulance, Howell Area Fire Department, Michigan State Police, Michigan State Police Motor Carrier Division, and the Hartland Consolidated Schools.

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