GREENLAND, N.H. (WHDH) — Three people were seriously hurt and multiple children were taken to the hospital Friday morning after a summer camp bus carrying 13 people veered off Interstate 95 south in Greenland, New Hampshire, and careened into the woods.
Officials said the bus driver, John Guy, 21, of Kittery, Maine, was taken to Portsmouth Regional Hospital with severe injuries after being pulled from the wreckage and that he may have suffered a medical emergency. An 18-year-old camp counselor and a 10-year-old child were also transported from the scene with severe injuries.
“We used the Jaws of Life and extricated him out of the vehicle,” Greenland Fire Chief Ralph Cresta said. “His legs were trapped from the floorboard of the vehicle.”
One of the children on the bus was transported to Boston Children’s Hospital with life-threatening injuries. All of the other children were taken to area hospitals with injuries that were considered minor. They have since been released.
Officials said the bus was traveling to Candia from a community center based in Kittery, Maine, when it crashed.
Several Good Samaritans passing by, including doctors, stopped to assist the victims before emergency crews arrived, officials said.
“The Town of Kittery is grateful to the bystanders and first responders for their quick action in the care of our program participants and employees,” Kittery Town Manager Kendra Amaral said in a statement.
Photos from the scene showed heavy damage to the front end of the bus.
Traffic was backed up for many miles in both directions after the crash. The wrecked bus was towed away.
The crash is under investigation.
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