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Dozens injured in wreck involving RTA and a school bus

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New Orleans, La. – EMS transported more than 50 people to emergency rooms after a multi-vehicle crash which included a school bus, an RTA bus and two cars in eastern New Orleans.

The accident happened around 8:15 at Downman and Morrison.

The school bus lost control when road debris got caught in its brakes.

The bus crossed the median, ran through some shrubbery, then continue back across the median where it ran into two cars stopped at the traffic light and then hit the RTA bus traveling on Morrison.

The impact pushed one of the cars onto a canal bank.

Emergency crews arrived to a scene where there were more than 80 people involved.

Jeb Tate of New Orleans EMS says it took time to assess the situation. He says most of the injuries were very minor. Tate says in many cases, people with no obvious injury wanted to be evaluated by a physician just in case.

With more than a dozen children from George Washington Carver High School on board the bus, emergency crews also scrambled to make sure the students were all taken care of.

"That's always a tricky situation because the school board wants them transported. If their parents don't show up, they have to be transported because they are minors," said Tate.

EMS utilized three ambulances and a surge bus capable of carrying 18 people to transport the victims to area emergency rooms.

The driver of one of the cars was also injured and transported to the hospital for treatment.

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