SALEM– Deputy Chief Joel Dolan reports that the Salem Police Department responded to a three-vehicle crash where 17 people were injured Thursday morning.
At approximately 10:10 a.m., Salem Police responded to the area of North Broadway (Route 28) near Lake Street for a report of a crash. Upon arrival, police came upon a school bus, a dump truck and a pickup truck that had been involved in the crash.
In total, 15 children, ages 6-11, who were aboard the bus were injured, along with the adult drivers of the dump truck and pickup truck. None of the injuries are believed to be life threatening. Some of the patients were treated at the scene and others were taken by ambulance to local hospitals.
The children on the bus were part of a private summer camp.
A lane was closed on Route 28 while crews responded to the scene and assisted the injured parties.
The preliminary investigation indicates that the dump truck had a mechanical failure before striking the rear-end of the pickup truck, causing the pickup truck to collide with the back of the school bus.