Indianapolis mother injured in crash with IPS bus

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – A crash between an Indianapolis school bus and an SUV sent one woman to the hospital Monday morning.

It happened near the intersection of Brookville and East Pleasant Run Parkway.

According to the accident report, the bus driver said the woman in the SUV, 33-year-old Tessa Ludlum, ran a stop sign. Two witnesses on the report tell a different story. They say the bus ran the stop sign and hit Ludlum’s SUV.

Mamie Ehrgott was one of those witnesses.

“We saw a school bus come through an intersection and hit an SUV,” says Ehrgott.

Hannah Cummings says Ludlum is part of her extended family. She says Ludlum’s injures are severe.

“She now has a pressure tube on her head. She’s on a breathing tube. She has a big black eye. She has on her left side all her ribs are broken. She has a broken bone in her shoulder and a punctured lung, so she is fighting for her life,” says Cummings.

An IPS spokesperson says there were three children on the bus when the accident happened. Neither they nor the bus driver were injured in the crash.

IPS referred all questions about the bus driver to the company they contract with for transportation, Durham School Services. Calls to that company were not returned.

Cummings has started a Go Fund Me page to help with Ludlum’s expenses.