A school bus driver and at least 16 students were injured Monday in an accident, one year and a day after a church bus crash killed 27 people near another Ohio River community.

The school bus smashed into a large walnut tree at the bottom of a hill, apparently after a brake failure, witnesses said.The driver and 11 children were being treated at Booth Memorial Hospital in Florence, a hospital spokeswoman said. The driver was in fair condition with chest and abdominal injuries, and the children suffered minor injuries.

Five children were treated for minor injuries and released from Carroll County Memorial Hospital, said hospital administrator Roger Williams. The bus carried both elementary and high school students.

The accident was about 20 miles from the site of the fatal crash near Carrollton involving members of a Radcliff church, who were killed when their bus was struck by a truck. The driver of the pickup, Larry W. Mahoney, faces trial in November on 27 counts of murder and one count of drunken driving.