- Associated Press - Friday, October 30, 2015

MILFORD, Va. (AP) - A school bus overturned after colliding with a minivan Friday in Virginia, injuring 28 students, authorities said.

The minivan pulled out of Caroline High School and was crossing an intersection when it ran into the bus about 3 p.m., Caroline County Sheriff Tony Lippa told news media outlets.

The bus, carrying more than 40 middle and high school students, flipped over in a grassy median.

Sixth-grader Gracen Kelley said she saw students from the high school race to the bus and help others exit through the windows and an emergency door.

Lippa said 28 students were taken to area hospitals. Five of the injuries were considered serious.

“Nobody has suffered any life-threatening injuries,” Lippa said. “It’s scary … that it happened. But yet it could have been much worse.”

Lippa estimated 70 first responders from three counties came to the scene, along with Virginia State Police.

“We had a lot of help from a lot of people in a short period of time,” he said.

Among the injured were the drivers of the bus and the minivan. Lippa said the minivan’s driver was a 17-year-old student and that it appeared the driver did not see the bus.

No charges were immediately filed.

Hospital officials said 15 students were being treated at Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg and eight were being treated at Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center in Mechanicville. Other injured students also were taken to Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center.

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