Campers, counselor injured in crash en route to NH water park

An 18-year-old camp counselor and several of her young campers were injured Friday morning when the shuttle bus they were in crashed into a tree in Greenland, New Hampshire, officials said.

Police and fire crews responded to the crash site on the southbound side of Interstate 95 near mile marker 10 at around 9:20 a.m. Investigators believe the counselor may have had a medical emergency while driving the 11 campers, who are between eight and 10 years old, to Candia Springs Adventure Park in Candia, New Hampshire State Police Lieutenant John Hennessey said.

The medical episode likely caused the counselor to lose control of the bus, which veered off the side of the road and into a grassy area before it hit a tree head-on. The nature of the medical emergency is not being disclosed at this time, Hennessey said.


The counselor and a 10-year-old were taken to Portsmouth Regional Hospital with injuries that are not considered life-threatening. Nine other campers were taken to Exeter Hospital for evaluation and one camper was taken to a Boston area hospital with serious injuries, Hennessey said.

The bus, one of three that were on their way to the water park, sustained “very significant” damage, Hennessey said. All aspects of the crash remain under investigation.

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