Principal dies, 2 kids seriously hurt in Indiana school bus crash

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The school principal died and two children were seriously injured when a school bus jumped a curb at Amy Beverland Elementary School on the far northeast side of Indianapolis Tuesday afternoon, officials said.

Two 10-year-olds were seriously injured and taken to Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health, an Indianapolis Fire Department spokesperson said.

Officials said principal Susan Jordan died after being hit by the bus.

The children have non life-threatening injuries, IFD said.

Susan Jordan (Photo Courtesy: Amy Beverland Elementary School)
Susan Jordan (Photo Courtesy: Amy Beverland Elementary School)

The school bus lurched over a curb for an unknown reason and hit the adult and two children, IFD said.

The driver and 25 students on board were not injured.

Lawrence Township schools superintendent Dr. Shawn A. Smith spoke about Jordan Tuesday evening.

“We lost a great educator today,” he said of Jordan. “Quite frankly, we’re talking about a legend of education.”

Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett also spoke.

“We express our condolences to the Amy Beverland Elementary School community and Lawrence Township schools,” Hogsett said.

An IFD official said Jordan was outside helping students board buses as she was hit.

The school bus involved, bus No. 244, was inspected four days ago and no problems were found, according to an Indiana State Police inspection report.

Parents were asked to pick up their kids at the school.

Emergency crews were called to the school around 2:45 p.m.

Amy Beverland Elementary School is in the Metropolitan School District of Lawrence Township.

Parent reaction

Parents spoke to 24-Hour News 8 as they picked up their children after the crash.

One mom said her “heart kind of sank” when she heard about the crash.

She said the school and police handled the situation well.

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