I-70: 3 dead, 18 injured in Ohio bus crash carrying students

I-70: 3 dead, 18 injured in Ohio bus crash carrying students

ETNA, Ohio (AP) — A charter bus carrying high school students collided with a truck from behind on an Ohio highway Tuesday morning, killing three people and injuring 15 others, according to an emergency official.

Five vehicles were involved in the crash, including a Pioneer Trails charter bus that was transporting students from the Tuscarawas Valley Local School District in eastern Ohio, said Sean Grady, director of the Licking County Emergency Management Agency. He added that there were 57 people on board the plane.

Lt. Nathan Dennis, of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, confirmed that people were killed in the crash and said, “18 people were removed from the bus (total),” but he declined to specify how many deaths occurred and declined further comment because authorities were and are still notifying families. Victims.

Superintendent Derek Varansky said the bus was carrying Tuscarawas Valley students and chaperones to the Ohio School Boards Association conference in Columbus.

Emergency responders are at the scene of a fatal crash on Interstate 70 West in Licking County, Ohio, Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2023. An emergency official says a charter bus carrying students from a high school was rear-ended by a semi-truck.  On the Ohio Highway.  (WSYX/WTTE via AP)

Emergency responders are at the scene of a fatal crash on Interstate 70 West in Licking County, Ohio, Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2023. An emergency official says a charter bus carrying students from a high school was rear-ended by a semi-truck. On the Ohio Highway. (WSYX/WTTE via AP)

“Right now, our focus is on reaching out to our Tusky Valley families who had loved ones on the bus and providing support to our entire school community,” Varansky said in a Facebook post.

The conference was canceled after organizers learned of the incident.

“Due to this devastating news, we have canceled our conference. Right now, our focus is on providing support to the Tuscarawas Valley. This includes making grief counselors available from our trade show,” said Jeff Chambers, director of communications services for the association.

The accident happened just before 9 a.m. on Interstate 70 West in Licking County, near the Smoke Road Tunnel and about 26 miles (42 kilometers) east of Columbus. The reason was not immediately known.

The wounded are receiving treatment in seven hospitals.

Pioneer Trails, the charter bus company, confirmed in a statement that an accident involving one of its buses occurred on Tuesday morning.

The company’s statement said, “Pioneer is fully cooperating with the authorities and we are working to find out the cause of the accident.” “Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by this incident. As this is an ongoing investigation, there will be no further comment.”

The American Red Cross of Central and Southern Ohio said it fulfilled a request for more blood from one hospital in the area, sending 30 units to a hospital in the Mount Carmel Health System, said Marietta Salkowski, regional communications director. She said a center has been set up at the United Methodist Church in Etna for bus passengers who don’t need medical care to go and call their loved ones.

Multiple emergency responders were at the scene, and Ohio Department of Transportation cameras from the area showed smoke billowing from the crash site. Police officers closed the entrance ramps to I-70 east and west near the scene, resulting in increased traffic along the road to the freeway. Dozens of emergency response vehicles were still at the scene several hours after it occurred.

They were called to the scene, but referred other questions to state police, said Mickey Lemon, an investigator with the Licking County Coroner’s Office.

“This is our worst nightmare, when we have a bus full of children involved in a crash,” Ohio Governor Mike DeWine said during a news conference at the scene. “Prayers go out to the families, and to everyone on the bus.”

This is the second fatal accident that occurred recently among high school students on a charter bus. in September, Two people were killed and several others were injured When a charter bus carrying high school students to band camp veered off a highway in New York.

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Sewer reported from Toledo, Ohio. Associated Press writers Ron Todd in Philadelphia and Bruce Shepkowski in Toms River, New Jersey, contributed to this report.

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