Students Had Been Headed Home From Robotics Competition In St. Louis

COLUMBUS, Ohio (CBSNewYork) — Some local students heading back to Queens from St. Louis were injured early Sunday when their charter bus crashed in Columbus, Ohio.

The 16 students and three adult supervisors were from the William Cullen Bryant High School, at 48-10 31st Ave. in Queens. They were returning from a robotics competition in St. Louis when their bus tipped over a ramp around 7:30 a.m. Sunday, CBS 2 reported.

The bus rolled onto its side as it was exiting from Interstate 70 eastbound to I-270 northbound in Columbus, according to CBS affiliate WBNS-TV, Columbus.

Altogether, 15 children and four adults were taken to area hospitals, with what police said were minor injuries, WBNS-TV reported.

Another bus later came, and eventually, the whole group was put on a different charter bus for the rest of the trip home.

Following the accident, a representative of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration told WBNS the Maryland-based company operating the charter bus had not responded to three recent letters requesting a compliance audit.

The company, which was believed to have been operating the bus under the name Platinum Magic Carpet Ride LLC, had been issued a warning by the State of Maryland about a potential license revocation within 10 days, WBNS reported. Plans were under way for a mandatory inspection prior to the crash, the station reported.

The cause of the accident remained under investigation late Sunday.

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