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A school bus driver and one student died this morning in a school bus accident on the city’s Southeastside. Two people were critically injured.

The accident occurred about 7:40 a.m. in the 900 block of South Emerson Avenue near English Avenue, two miles away from Lighthouse Charter School. The bus involved, No. 43. is owned by Miller Transportation and contracted by Lighthouse.

Rita Burris, a spokeswoman for the Indianapolis Fire District, said that two students were critically injured and 10 sustained non life-threatening injuries. Students were brought to the Wishard Memorial Hospital and Riley Hospital for Children. The rest of the students will be released to their parents.

Lighthouse administrators decided to release students early, beginning at 12:30 p.m. Buses were dispatched to pick up the kids.

The student who died was a girl, Burris said, and the driver was a male. She did not immediately know their ages. About 50 children were on the bus, ranging in age from 5 to 16, Burris said.