Driver charged with OWI, driving while suspended in I-70 crash involving school bus

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Photo from the scene courtesy of Indiana State Police

UPDATE (Dec. 19, 2019)– Sarah Nuckols was formally charged with operating while intoxicated endangering a person and driving while suspended.

Original story:

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — A crash involving a school bus closed part of westbound I-70 on the east side of Indianapolis Thursday and sent four people to the hospital.

According to INDOT and Indiana State Police, the crash happened at the 87 mile marker near Emerson Avenue. Troopers believe the car was driving at a high rate of speed along westbound I-70 when the driver lost control of the vehicle and spun into the side of the bus.

Part of the interstate was closed due to the crash and investigation. It has since reopened.

Sgt. John Perrine with ISP initially said that troopers at the scene told him children on the bus were not injured. However, he later said that seven students were on the bus and two ended up being taking to area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries. An adult on the bus was also taken to an area hospital. Medics checked on the other students.

The driver whose car hit the bus, 36-year-old Sarah Nuckols of Indianapolis, was hurt in the crash. She was transported to the hospital and arrested on a preliminary driving under the influence of alcohol charge.

Sarah Nuckols

The bus was from Warren Township. The school district released the following statement:

A district bus carrying seven high school students and three adults was involved in an accident this morning. The driver and passengers were all examined on the scene. Two students were transported to the hospital for further evaluation. The other students were transported back to school or released to their parents. We ask that all other inquiries concerning the accident be directed to law enforcement personnel.

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