GREENLAND, N.H. (CBS) – A New Hampshire highway was shut down Friday morning after a serious crash involving a bus with children on board.

Interstate 95 South was closed in Greenland between Exit 2 and 3 around 10 a.m. Traffic backups resulted on both sides of the highway.

The road was partially reopened about an hour later.

There were 11 children on board the 14-passenger vehicle in addition to the driver. The children were from the Kittery Community Daycare Center as part of a three-vehicle convoy that included two other buses. The bus was on its way to a water park in Candia, N.H.

The bus careened onto the right side of the road and hit a large tree. It appears the 21-year-old driver may have suffered a medical emergency.

A damaged bus is towed from the scene of a New Hampshire crash. (Image Credit: Christina Hager/WBZ-TV)

New Hampshire State Police said the driver was taken to Portsmouth Hospital with serious injuries. An 18-year-old camp counselor and a child about 10 years old were taken to the same hospital with serious injuries.

Ten other children were brought to Exeter Hospital with either unknown or no injuries.

Police said many children on the bus were wearing seat belts, which likely saved their lives.


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