3 students injured when northern Indiana school bus overturns

A Central Noble Schools bus overturned Tuesday morning. (WPTA photo)

NOBLE COUNTY, Ind. (WTHR) - A school bus carrying 31 Indiana elementary school students overturned into an embankment Tuesday morning.

WPTA-TV reports the bus from Central Noble Community Schools crashed around 8:30 a.m. in Noble County. The wheels of the bus went off the side of the road, causing it to go down an embankment and roll over onto its side.

Three of the students, who are in kindergarten through second grade, suffered minor scrapes in the crash.

The district said all of the children were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash, which involved one of the two buses in the district equipped with seat belts.

The new buses reportedly cost $100,000, plus up to $5,000 more to add seat belts.

"It's well worth the money on a day like today," said Superintendent Troy Gaff.

The superintendent said all new buses in the district will have seat belts, and they're looking at grants to retrofit some of their existing buses.

"I think it could have been much worse had they not been seat belted in. I mean, it was on its side, and that's a long way," said Central Noble transportation director David Worman.

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