IDAVILLE – One passenger on a transport bus was killed Tuesday afternoon when the bus crossed the center line of U.S. 24 just inside the town limits of Idaville and struck a semi-truck head-on, police say.

White County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy David Roth said the cause of the accident was unknown at this time. The bus was heading west toward Monticello when it went into the path of an east-bound semi.

A passenger on the bus died. The bus driver was airlifted to Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne, with serious injuries. Two other passengers were transported to I.U. White Memorial Hospital. Their conditions are unknown as of Tuesday evening.

According to Roth, the driver of the semi-truck was uninjured.

Names were not yet released as of 6 p.m. Tuesday.

First responders worked to bring aid to the injured. With traffic backed up for miles, some drivers who were close enough got out of their vehicles to offer roadside assistance. One woman, who did not wish to be identified, works as a nurse and pulled over to offer medical support.

Others chose to provide comfort, including Pastor Jack Roth, the chaplain for the White County Sheriff’s Department.

Along with the WCSD, other responding agencies included the Idaville Fire Department, Burnettsville Fire Department, Monticello Fire Department, White County Coroner’s office, and Farney’s Service Center of Wolcott.

The cause remains under investigation.

Reach James D. Wolf Jr. at james.wolf@pharostribune.com or 574-732-5117

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