More than a dozen Bedford Elementary School students were taken to a hospital for precautionary reasons after their school bus had to make an abrupt stop Friday afternoon.

High School Principal Kyle Kane said at the scene along North Broad Street in Bedford Township that 15 students were taken to UPMC Bedford Memorial, none with serious injuries.

“They were shaken up,” he said.

The school bus was traveling west on North Broad Street, just off North Richard Street, about 3:15 p.m. when it needed to make an abrupt stop for another vehicle crossing at the intersection of Cedar Lane. Kane said 35 students were on the bus.

A red building is at the northern side of the intersection, partially blocking the view of Cedar Lane.

State and Bedford police responded to the scene to investigate.

A number of ambulance crews responded to evaluate the students, who were in kindergarten through fifth grade.

Kane said the students who were not taken to the hospital were taken home in another school bus. A few were taken by parents who arrived at the scene, he said.

Kane said school officials started notifying the students’ families as soon as the incident occurred.

“We had school administrators at each building making phone calls to families,” he said.

Kane said the driver of the bus was not injured.

Contact Will DeShong at wdeshong@bedfordgazette.com; 623-1151, ext. 150.

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