Indianapolis • A bus carrying teens coming home from a church camp crashed Saturday after exiting an interstate in Indianapolis, killing three people and sending 26 others to hospitals, officials said.
Indianapolis Fire Department Lt. Ato McTush said the dead included a man and a woman. He did not have information about the third victim.
Witnesses said the bus came speeding off of Interstate 465 on Saturday afternoon, struck a retaining wall as it tried to round a curve and overturned. WTHR-TV reported the bus driver told witnesses his brakes failed.
Duane Lloyd told the TV station that he heard a loud noise behind him as he was traveling near the intersection and saw the crash.
The Indianapolis Fire Department said crews had to free five people who were trapped inside after the crash. Four good Samaritans helped before first responders arrived, including one man who helped pull the driver out, the agency said.
The bus was carrying 40 passengers who are members of Colonial Hills Baptist Church in Indianapolis and were returning from a summer camp. The Fire Department said those injured included children and adults.
Roads near the scene were closed, and authorities were urging people to use caution in the area..
Outside the church about a mile away, families gathered to hug and talk quietly as parents paced back and forth talking on cellphones. A yellow school bus with the church school's name was parked outside with piles of sleeping bags and suitcases nearby.