The school bus was carrying 20 students from Union-North United School Corp. when it was struck from behind by an SUV. Four students on board and the motorist suffered minor injuries. Photo courtesy Indiana State Police

The school bus was carrying 20 students from Union-North United School Corp. when it was struck from behind by an SUV. Four students on board and the motorist suffered minor injuries. Photo courtesy Indiana State Police

LAKEVILLE, Ind. — Four students here suffered minor injuries after a motorist crashed into the rear end of a school bus on Monday morning, police said.

The crash happened around 7:51 a.m. on the eastbound side of Pierce Rd., according to a news release from the Indiana State Police. The Union-North United School Corp. bus, driven by Laura Watts, stopped and picked up students at a bus stop, and as Watts advanced the bus from the stop, it was struck from behind by a Ford Expedition driven by Lee Motz.

Of the 20 students on board the bus, police said four were injured — two 9-year-old boys, a 5-year-old girl, and a 15-year-old girl. All were treated and released for minor injuries. Motz was taken to another hospital for non-life-threatening injuries, according to police.

The crash still remains under investigation, but police said that alcohol or drugs did not appear to be a factor.

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