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PCSP: Superior Ambulance driver with suspended license hits school bus

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A Griffith man driving for Superior Ambulance Service on a suspended license hit a Valparaiso Community School bus in Union Township on Tuesday, leaving 15 injured, most of them fifth-graders, the Porter County Sheriff’s Police said.

PCSP Sgt. Larry LaFlower told the Chesterton Tribune that the accident happened at 8:30 a.m. at the intersection of Ind. 130 and C.R. 625W.

The Superior Ambulance Service driver, identified as Charles Fields, 23, was southbound on C.R. 625W when he proceeded from the stop sign at Ind. 130 and struck the side of the school bus, which was westbound on Ind. 130 and en route for the Challenger Learning Center at Purdue University Calumet in Hammond, LaFlower said.

A witness advised police that the ambulance’s emergency lights and sirens were not activated at the time of the crash, LaFlower added.

Twelve of the 59 students on the bus--all of them Memorial Elementary School fifth-graders--sustained minor injuries, LaFlower said. Six of them were treated at the scene; the other six were treated at Porter hospital--five at the Portage campus, one at the main facility in Liberty Township--and later released.

Also injured in the crash, LaFlower said: two Superior Ambulance Service employees and a patient whom they were transporting. LaFlower had no information on the status of those three, who were taken to area hospitals.

Fields was issued a citation for driving while suspended-infraction and for failure to yield right of way, LaFlower said.



Posted 4/1/2015




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