An elementary school student was killed and nearly a dozen others were injured in a bus crash on the first day of school.
The yellow school bus transporting 52 students crashed when a minivan drove into the center line on State Route 41 in Lawrenceville around 8.16am on Tuesday, said Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper Tyler Ross. The bus driver tried to drive onto the shoulder to avoid the minivan, but they still crashed, ABC News reported.
An unidentified student was ejected from the bus and pronounced dead at the scene, according to Ross.
Another student in serious condition was rushed to a hospital. Twenty-two other students suffered non-life-threatening injuries and were taken to Dayton Children’s Hospital for treatment.
The bus landed on its side on a grassy area by the road. The gray Honda Odyssey was totaled in its front section.
Of the injured students, 13 were taken by ambulance and 10 ere driven by their parents.
The bus driver sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to Springfield Regional Medical Center, Ross said. The driver was wearing a seatbelt, but the bus did not have safety belts for the passengers.
In addition, the minivan driver suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
‘It’s a tragic incident,’ said Ross, according to the New York Post. ‘We ask for space and patience and time as our community members, emergency personnel on scene, the families affected… start the healing process.’
A tow truck arrived on scene to flip the bus back upright. The crash is under investigation.
The school district, Northwestern Local Schools, notified families about the crash using social media and canceled the afternoon preschool classes.
‘Northwestern Family, I am saddened to report that there was an Injury accident this morning involving one our buses,’ stated the district.
‘We are still gathering information and will share it with you as it becomes available.’
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