NBC10 - Katy Zachry
Officials say that the cause of a school bus crash carrying 40 students was a result of the driver running a red light. NBC10's Katy Zachry reports from the scene in Bear, Del.
A big rig slammed into a school bus filled with sorority members from the University of Delaware headed to a homecoming mixer causing the bus to flip onto its side along a rain-slicked road Thursday night.
The bus, driven by John Faverio, 56, of Wilmington, Del., tipped along Summit Bridge Road and Howell School Road in Bear, Del. just after 10 when it was struck by a Peterbuilt tractor-trailer driven by Roberto Figueroa-Gomez, 26, of Miami, Fla.
According to Delaware State Police, there were 40 passengers on the bus, ranging in age between 18 and 22 years old, when a big rig ran a red light and collided with the yellow bus.
University of Delaware spokesman John Brennan tells NBC10 the bus was carrying students from Phi Sigma Sigma sorority.
Most injuries were minor and nine passengers were taken to Christiana Hospital by ambulance, two admitted, while others went to other hospitals by private vehicles, according to investigators.
None of the injuries appear to be life-threatening, which police Sgt. Paul Shavack called "fortunate."
Neither driver was hurt.
A number of emergency crews from around New Castle County responded to the scene to assist in the investigation and help the wounded.
"We have approximately, what we call, 30 to 32 walking wounded," Shavack said.
Early Friday morning state police cited Figueroa-Gomez for failing to stop his truck at the red light.