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35 injured when school bus crashes on Louisville freeway

Emergency crews attend to those injured in a school bus crash Tuesday, June 11, in Louisville, Ky.
Emergency crews attend to those injured in a school bus crash Tuesday, June 11, in Louisville, Ky.WAVE-TV

At least 35 people were injured Tuesday when a school bus crashed on a highway in Louisville, Ky., witnesses and authorities said. 

Most of the injuries appeared to be minor, Kristen Miller, chief of staff of the Louisville Metro Emergency Management System, told the Louisville Courier-Journal.

Thirty-five people in all were taken to hospitals for treatment, Miller said; it wasn't immediately clear whether they were all students. 

Louisville police said the cause hadn't been determined, but a truck driver who saw the crash, which occurred about 2:38 p.m. ET, told NBC station WAVE of Louisville that the driver lost control when the bus' left front tire blew out.

The bus then hit the center median wall on Interstate 64 near the Jefferson-Shelby county line and traveled a short distance before coming to rest, the witness said.

Seventy-three students from Waggener High School in St. Matthews were on two commercial buses returning from an early visit to a college campus, a spokesman for the Jefferson County schools told WAVE. The bus that crashed was carrying 42 students, he said.

Lettering on the bus indicates it belongs to Commonwealth Bus Service of Louisville. An NBC News search of National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration records shows no history of federal accident reports involving the company.

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