WASHINGTON - 22 students and two adults were taken to area hospitals on Friday afternoon after their school bus hit a light pole in the RFK stadium parking lot.
All of the injuries appeared to be minor and fire officials expect everyone to be treated and released. The students from Woodbridge Elementary School had been in the city attending a science fair when the accident occurred. Over 40 people including students, teachers and chaperones were on the bus at the time of the accident.
The first call went out for an accident in the parking lot but when firefighters arrived they found a number of students complaining about neck and back pain. That is when they declared what's called a mass casualty incident. Many of the injured were placed on stretchers and wheeling into waiting ambulances while others were put on backboards. Their necks in braces and heads immobilized. D.C. fire also sent an ambulance bus to the scene which also took patients to the hospital.
More than a dozen students were evaluated but remained on the scene.