MINDEN, Iowa (AP) - A bus transporting a youth marching band from Wyoming to a national competition in Indiana crashed and ended up on its side in western Iowa, leaving more than three dozen people injured.
The Iowa Department of Public Safety says 39 people were taken to hospitals in Omaha, Nebraska, after the crash on Interstate 80 near Minden, Iowa Monday morning. No one died in the crash and a spokeswoman for the agency said she didn't believe anyone suffered life-threatening injuries. The bus driver was pinned inside the wreckage for a time, but was later treated and released from a hospital.
Investigators believe the bus blew a tire, skidded off the interstate and landed on its side in a field. The students are members of the Casper Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps, which travel around the country performing during the summer months. Members range in age from 14 to 21. The crash happened around 7:45 Monday morning while the bus was en route to a competition in Indiana.