Seymour school bus involved in Bartholomew County crash

Photo courtesy of Indiana State Police

Four vehicles, including a school bus, were involved in a Tuesday afternoon crash in southern Bartholomew County that resulted in three injuries.

Indiana State Police say that at about 2:40 p.m., a car driven by 27-year-old Shanaya N. Brown, of Columbus, was traveling southbound in the 11000 Block of South State Road 11. Brown’s vehicle was being followed by an SUV driven by 71-year-old Jack A. Cooper, of Seymour. ISP says that Brown slowed down for traffic ahead of her. That’s when Cooper’s vehicle swerved into the northbound lane of State Road 11 to avoid Brown’s vehicle.

Investigators say that Cooper’s vehicle collided nearly head on with a northbound Jeep driven by 56-year-old Maria G. Hernandez-Zarate, of Seymour. Cooper’s vehicle also collided with Brown’s car after making contact with Hernandez-Zarate’s vehicle.

Photo courtesy of Indiana State Police

Hernandez-Zarate’s vehicle then struck a school bus being driven by 68-year-old Daniel R. Ginger, of Seymour. ISP explains that the bus that was traveling southbound on State Road 11 behind Cooper’s vehicle. The Seymour Community School Corporation bus had approximately 33 students on the bus at the time of the crash.

Jack Cooper and Maria Hernandez-Zarate were both transported to Columbus Regional Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. A 17-year-old female student who was on the bus was also transported to CRH for non-life threatening injuries.

State Road 11 was closed for nearly two hours for crash investigation and cleanup.

The investigation is ongoing.