UNION TOWNSHIP | Twelve students were injured in a crash Tuesday morning involving a Valparaiso Community Schools bus and a Superior Ambulance Service ambulance.

Police said the driver of the ambulance was driving with a suspended license.

Two Superior Ambulance employees and a patient in the ambulance were taken to local hospitals.

Porter County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Larry LaFlower said the collision was reported just before 8:45 a.m. on Ind. 130 at County Road 625 West.

LaFlower said of the 12 students injured, one was taken to Porter Regional Hospital, five were taken to Porter's Portage Hospital Campus, and six were treated and released at the scene of the crash. LaFlower said all of the injuries to the students were minor.

LaFlower said school officials had notified parents of the children involved.

Officials at the scene reported 59 fifth-grade students from Memorial Elementary School and three adults were headed to the Challenger Learning Center at Purdue University Calumet in Hammond on a field trip.

Police said the initial investigation shows the school bus was westbound on Ind. 130 and the ambulance was southbound on County Road 625 West.

LaFlower said the driver of the ambulance, failed to yield the right of way to the bus. He said the license of the driver, a 23-year-old Griffith man, was suspended/infraction.

LaFlower said anyone with a suspended license should not be operating a motor vehicle in Indiana. He said the driver faces multiple citations. Driving with a suspended/infraction status is not an arrestable offense, LaFlower said.

Witnesses told police the ambulance had no emergency lights or sirens operating at the time of the crash.

LaFlower did not know the nature of the ambulance run at the time of the crash.

Calls on Tuesday to Superior Ambulance and Valparaiso Community Schools were not returned.


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