16 St. Ignatius College Prep students injured after truck crashes into hockey team bus in Indiana: police

Sixteen students from St. Ignatius College Prep were injured when a tractor-trailer rig crashed into their bus Saturday evening in Indiana.

The speeding and swerving semi struck the bus around 8 p.m. in Warsaw, about 50 miles south of South Bend, Warsaw police said in a statement.

On board the bus were 23 students and two coaches. The St. Ignatius junior varsity boys hockey team was headed to a hotel after competing in a tournament earlier in the day at Culver (Ind.) Military Academy.

Police said they arrested the truck driver on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. Charges have not been announced. Officers on the scene “detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his person and in the cab of the semi,” according to police.

The bus driver was turning left off U.S. 30 when the semi driver went through a red light and struck the rear of the bus, flipping the bus on its side, police said.

The semi driver was stopped less than a mile away from the intersection after driving off the roadway and into a ditch, police said.

Three of students were in “very critical” condition after the crash, but had been upgraded to “stable” condition by Sunday morning, Warsaw Police Capt. Brad Kellar said.

Ten other people on the bus were uninjured, police said. The students were between 14 and 17 years old.

Police said they already were responding to calls reporting a semi driver “swerving into other lanes and driving at excessive speed” before being alerted that the driver had crashed into the school bus.

An official from St. Ignatius said a Mass for the students was being planned for Monday.

“Our heartfelt prayers are with our students and their families,” the school official said.

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