3 dead when bus carrying teens home from church camp crashes in Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS - At least three people were killed when a bus carrying teens from a church camp crashed on a busy thoroughfare near Interstate 465 in the north part of Indianapolis. 

The bus was carrying 40 passengers who are members of Colonial Hill Baptist Church and were returning from a camp in Michigan when the crash happened Saturday afternoon.

Video from a chopper over the crash showed the bus on its side, atop a jersey barrier.  It happened at 4:15 p.m., local time.

Witnesses said the bus was exiting the interstate at a high rate of speed. The bus went to make a left onto Keystone when it rolled.

"Just as I went through (the intersection), I heard a skid. I looked back. I see this bus in the air and people falling out of the bus," Duane Lloyd said."I could have gone my whole life without seeing that."

Indianapolis Fire Department spokesman Lt. Rita Burris confirms the deaths and says survivors were being taken to area hospitals. Those injured include children and adults.

"They were not that far from home. ... That only adds to the tragedy," Indianapolis Public Safety Director Tony Riggs said.

The dead included a husband and wife, Riggs said. Authorities did not provide information on the third victim.  

Some of the victims were taken from the scene by helicopter.  Five of the injured were said to be in critical condition.   The fire department originally said the bus was returning from Denver.

Outside the church about a mile away, families gathered to hug and talk quietly as parents paced back and forth talking on cellphones. A yellow school bus with the church school's name was parked outside with piles of sleeping bags and suitcases nearby.

On the church's Facebook page, this entry was posted Saturday afternoon, "Please be in prayer for our church family as we look to the Lord for grace during the teen bus accident today."

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