PIKE CO., AL (WSFA) - Authorities say a school bus crashed in Pike County Friday morning just a few miles from Goshen Elementary School. 41 passengers were on board the Pike County school bus when it wrecked, made a 3/4 roll and came to rest on the driver's side.
The crash happened at the intersection of County Road 2243 County Road 2246 around 7:15am.
Investigators said the bus was transporting students who attend Goshen Elementary and Goshen High schools. Pike County Schools Superintendent Dr. Mark Bazzell said the bus was "packed" when the crash happened.
Bazzell said 21 students were taken by ambulance to Troy Regional Medical Center. Seven were transported to Crenshaw Community Hospital in Luverne. Sever were taken by private vehicles and 13 others were taken to hospitals by another bus.
Rumors that some passengers were ejected from the bus as it rolled are untrue, according to police, and all injuries were said to be minor in nature. The most serious injury was a broken arm. Others suffered cuts and scrapes.
The Pike County Sheriff's office said the exact cause of the accident is not known at this time.,
"We are fortunate and blessed that the injuries are no more serious than they are," Dr. Bazzell said. "The response by law enforcement and EMS was excellent."
Dr. Bazzell was especially grateful to "Johnny and Beverly Taylor, whose home was very near the accident scene. The Taylor's opened their home and property for a staging and triage area which worked very well."
The Alabama State Troopers and Alabama Dept. of Public Safety continue to investigate the accident. No other vehicles were involved.