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Overturned party bus blocks NB I-65 in Lake County

CROWN POINT, Ind. (WISH) — An overturned party bus blocked traffic on northbound I-65 in Lake County for nearly three hours Thursday, state police say.

All of the people on the bus refused medical treatment after the crash reported about 9:10 a.m. Thursday on I-65 northbound between State Road 10 and State Road 2.

An investigator says the 2006 Blue Bird bus was northbound when the driver did not realize traffic ahead had slowed. The bus driver took evasive action and drove to the right of the slowed traffic and into the right shoulder of the interstate. That’s when the driver overcorrected and lost control of the bus.

The bus then struck a semitractor-trailer and crashed into about 75 feet of guardrail before coming to rest on its side, the investigator says.

State police did not identify the driver in a news release issued Thursday afternoon.

The bus had the branding of a company called World Crawl, however, News 8 learned that the bus had been sold to a new owner and is no longer property of World Crawl.

Photos from state police showed heavy front-end damage and a busted windshield on the bus.

A tow truck came to put the bus upright and remove it from the crash scene.

Traffic cameras showed the installation of traffic cones around the damaged guardrail on Thursday afternoon.

No word from state police on where the party bus riders were traveling to or from.