Three remain hospitalized following Indiana Tech tour bus crash

A bus is badly damaged after a crash in southern Indiana that left multiple people from the Indiana Tech bowling teams injured. (Provided Photo/Indiana State Police)

HENRYVILLE, Ind. (WANE/AP) — A spokesperson with Indiana Tech tells NewsChannel 15 only three people are still being treated in a Louisville, KY hospital.  The three still receiving care: the driver of the bus, a spouse of a coach, and a student.

The driver of the bus has been identified as Rex Altenburg, 76, of Fort Wayne, Indiana. Jeannine Secrist, 68, Fort Wayne, Indiana (head coach’s spouse), and Indiana Tech student Michaelia Kemp, 18, Fort Wayne, Indiana, are hospitalized at the University of Louisville hospital. All three are listed in Satisfactory or Fair condition.

Members of the Indiana Tech Women's Bowling team who were on the bus at the time of the crash.
Members of the Indiana Tech Women’s Bowling team who were on the bus at the time of the crash.

The remainder of the passengers have been identified as: Larry Secrist (Coach), 76, Fort Wayne, IN; Greg Kirnberger (Asst. Coach), 47, Andrews, IN; Torrion Parker, 22, St. Louis, MO; Alexandra Rittenhouse, 18, Huntington, IN; Bryce Leming, 21, Marion, IN; Kyle Koss, 19, Fort Wayne, IN; Alyssa Prickett, 20, Huntington, IN; Samantha Pasch, 21, Indianapolis, IN; Amy Kirnberger, 46, Andrews, IN; Jenna Shaffer, 22, Sydney, OH; Quinton M. Burnett, 21, Flint, MI; Quinisha Burnett, 19, Flint, MI; Mitchell M. McGee, 20, Fort Wayne, IN; Tyler Krepp, 19, Huntington, IN; Brandon J. Dejonge, 18, Zeeland, MI; Joshua Stier, 22, Fort Wayne, IN; Brooke Copenhauer, 22, Fort Wayne, IN; Emalee Wiser, 21, Fort Wayne, IN. .

Members of the Indiana Tech Men's Bowling team who were on the bus at the time of the crash.
Members of the Indiana Tech Men’s Bowling team who were on the bus at the time of the crash.

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The bus, which is from Fort Wayne-based Excursions Trailways, was carrying members of Indiana Tech’s men and women’s bowling teams to a sectional competition in Smyrna, Tennessee. Indiana Tech stated via its campus alerts site that 21 people were on the bus.

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The crash happened at about 10:30 a.m. about 20 miles north of Louisville, Kentucky on I-65, a short distance from Henryville, Indiana. State Police Cpl. Carey Huls told the Associated Press the bus swerved to the left before swerving to the right and overturning.

“We don’t know the cause but the bus did drive off the left side of the roadway and crossed back over both lanes before going off the right side of the road. It went over the embankment and overturned, and then it rolled into some trees,” Huls said to the Associated Press.

University of Louisville Hospital spokesman Barbara Mackovic told the Associated Press that 12 people injured in the crash were taken to the hospital and two were listed in serious condition and being evaluated for injuries that included possible pelvis fractures, wrist fractures and concussions. Most of those patients were airlifted to the hospital.

Mackovic also said the hospital was treating the bus’ 76-year-old driver, and looking into whether he had suffered a heart attack or stroke before the crash.

Indiana Tech has made counselors available to anyone on Fort Wayne Campus who needs them. They will be in the Student Affairs suite in Andorfer Commons.

 

Governor Mike Pence released a statement shortly after the crash:

“Our hearts go out to the Hoosiers impacted by this morning’s bus crash in southern Indiana. The State of Indiana is coordinating a multi-agency response, with Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter traveling now to the area. As law enforcement and emergency personnel respond to this situation, we urge all Hoosiers to hold these men and women in their thoughts and prayers.”

The Allen County Board of Commissioners issued the following statement on the crash:

 “We wish to offer our prayers for those injured in today’s crash of the Indiana Tech bowling team’s tour bus in Southern Indiana and encourage all Allen County residents to join us in offering best wishes for the recovery of the victims. We also wish to express our gratitude to the law enforcement and emergency services personnel who quickly responded to the accident scene and to the local hospitals which are treating and caring for the injured.”

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