Children injured when bus from Maine crashes into trees off I-95 in NH

Authorities say children were injured when their bus veered off I-95 and crashed into trees in Greenland, New Hampshire on Friday. (WGME)

GREENLAND, N.H. (WGME) -- Seat belts are being credited with possibly saving lives after a mini bus from a Kittery summer program field trip crashed into trees in New Hampshire Friday morning.

The bus veered off I-95 southbound in Greenland, NH just before 10 a.m. Friday, according to New Hampshire State Police.

"They were transporting young children, ranging in age from 8 to 10 down to a water park in Candia, NH," said Lt. John Hennessey of the New Hampshire State Police.

Kendra Amaral, town manager in Kittery, said 11 children and two adult counselors were on board the Kittery Community Center SAFE program vehicle.

All 13 people who were in the bus were taken to local hospitals.

Two adults and one child were reported to have serious injuries, and another child was taken to a Boston hospital with reported life-threatening injuries.

"We believe there was a medical event involved on the part of the driver, but all aspects of this crash remain under investigation," Hennessey said.

Hennessey credited seat belts with saving lives inside the bus as most or all of the children were wearing seat belts.

Traffic was backed up for miles as police and rescue crews responded to the scene.

The SAFE van was following another program bus which arrived safely to its destination and will return as scheduled, according to Amaral.

The rest of the children sustained minor injuries. All parents were notified or picked up their children.

The town of Kittery expressed their thanks and are grateful for the quick response and help from bystanders to the accident.

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