A semi-truck slammed into a school bus carrying student athletes in Indiana Saturday night, injuring 16 people — and sending one teen flying from the vehicle, authorities said.
The driver, Victor Santos, 58, was “swerving into other lanes and driving at excessive speed” immediately before aggressively rear-ending the bus carrying 23 hockey players from St. Ignatius College Prep in Chicago, Indiana police said.
One teen was ejected from the bus and three people are now in critical condition, Warsaw Police said in a statement posted on Facebook.
Shocking photos of the collision show the yellow school bus flipped on its side with the back rear wheel — the one that was struck by the truck driver — partially detached.
The hockey team, whose members ranged from 14 to 17 years old, was accompanied by two adult coaches and a bus driver, the police statement said. Two of the people listed in critical condition are students.
Responding officers said Santos reeked of booze and was slurring his speech. He refused to consent to a sobriety test but a search warrant was granted and authorities are awaiting results from a blood test.
The alleged drunk driver’s vehicle had New Jersey plates and he lives in New York, police said. He is in custody awaiting charges.
The young hockey players had just finished dinner in Warsaw after a hockey tournament in Culver and were headed to a nearby hotel, police said.
Culver is about 110 miles southeast of Chicago.