Injuries in bus accident more serious than intially reported

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Injuries in the Saturday, April 27, 2019, bus accident at I-96 and the Burkhart Road exit in Howell Township are more serious than initially reported. The bus, which was returning Hartland Consolidated Schools students, teachers and chaperones from a band trip to Chicago, failed to negotiate the curve on the exit and tipped onto its side.

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. Ten of the students, six of the adults, and the bus driver were transported to area hospitals for injuries.

“On-scene injuries are assessed via triage, and are very preliminary,“ said Livingston County Sheriff Mike Murphy. “Once injured occupants were able to be fully evaluated at a medical facility, it became apparent that some injuries were more significant than originally diagnosed on scene. Some of those injuries include a broken neck, broken ribs, a collapsed lung, and a broken hand. This is not an all-inclusive list, nor specific to one person.”

The accident remains under investigation.

“Deputy Brad Neff of the Sheriff’s Office is in charge of the investigation and he will be contacting each occupant,” Murphy said. “Should you have any relevant information that will assist in this investigation please contact him at (517) 540-7984. If you were an occupant on the bus and do not hear from Deputy Neff by the end of the week, please call him.”

Once the investigation is concluded, it will be sent to the Livingston County Prosecutors Office for review.

The Hartland Consolidated Schools District had posted about the accident on its Facebook page Saturday.

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