ISP: Church bus driver drunk during crash with nearly 50 passengers

Multiple people were hurt, including children.

Posted: Feb 26, 2019 5:43 AM

LAKE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) -- Indiana State Police said a driver was impaired when he crashed a church bus with nearly 50 people on it.

Multiple people were hurt, including children.

It happened around 10:30 p.m. Monday in the east bound lane of I-80/90 just before the Cline Avenue exit.

State police said Wilton Carr was driving a bus owned by Jesus Saves Missionary Baptist Church of Gary. The group was coming back from Chicago when ISP said the 82-year-old drove off the roadway in between two guard rails.

The crash caused the bus to hit an embankment throwing some of the 47 passengers from their seats.

One adult and four children between the ages of 10 to 14 were taken to the hospital for leg injuries and head and neck pain.

Carr was arrested after police said he failed a sobriety test. He faces multiple charges including a felony counts of operating while intoxicated and operating while intoxicated with passengers under 18 years of age.

Carr was taken to the Lake County Jail.

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