ETNA, OHIO: The horrific crash on Ohio Interstate 70, where a charter bus full of high school students was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer, left six people dead and 18 injured, the Associated Press.
Licking County Emergency Management Agency Director Sean Grady reportedly said five vehicles were involved in the crash. Among them was a Pioneer Trails charter bus carrying students and chaperones from the Tuscarawas Valley Local School District in eastern Ohio.
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Three passengers on the bus, which carried 54 travelers and a driver, were pronounced dead at the scene, the Ohio State Highway Patrol reported.
The deceased were identified as juveniles, John W Mosely, 18, of Mineral City; Jeffery D Worrell, 18, of Bolivar; and Katelyn N Owens, 15, of Mineral City.
A group of three people traveling in one of the passenger vehicles involved were all pronounced dead at the scene, the highway patrol said.
They were identified as Dave Kennat, 56, of Navarre; Kristy Gaynor, 39, of Zoar; and Shannon Wigfield, 45, of Bolivar.
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Ohio’s I-70 bus crash was like a chain reaction
The vehicles involved were traveling westbound on Interstate 70 in Licking County, about 26 miles east of Columbus, around 9 a.m. when the tragedy occurred.
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According to the highway patrol, at least three vehicles then caught fire. The cause of the accident is still under investigation. The scene was visited by a team of investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board.
Marita Salkowski, American Red Cross regional communications director for central and southern Ohio, said the organization sent 30 units of blood to a Mount Carmel Health System hospital to help victims .
Politicians react to I-70 bus crash in Ohio
“In honor of the lives of those killed in the Tuscarawas Valley Local School District bus crash, I have directed that the flags of the United States of America and the State of Ohio be flown at half-mast on all public buildings and grounds in Tuscarawas and Stark, at the Ohio Statehouse, the Vern Riffe Center and the Rhodes Tower, from sunrise on November 15, 2023 until sunset on November 18, 2023 ” wrote Governor Mike DeWine.
“All other public buildings and grounds in the state may fly the flags of the United States and the State of Ohio at half-staff, at their discretion, during the same period,” he added.
In honor of the lives of those killed in the Tuscarawas Valley Local School District bus crash, I have ordered that the flags of the United States of America and the State of Ohio be flown at half-staff on all public buildings and grounds in Tuscarawas and Stark Counties,…
— Governor Mike DeWine (@GovMikeDeWine) November 15, 2023
Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted posted: “Tina and I would like to extend our deepest condolences and prayers to the victims and their families involved in this morning’s accident in Licking County involving students from Tuscarawas Local Schools Valley. We hope that everyone who is injured in the accident can have a quick and full recovery.
Tina and I would like to send our deepest condolences and prayers to the victims and their families involved in this morning’s accident in Licking County involving students from Tuscarawas Valley Local Schools.
We hope that everyone who was injured in the accident can receive prompt treatment and…
— Jon Husted (@JonHusted) November 14, 2023
Congressman Troy Balderson wrote: “I am devastated to learn of the terrible accident on I-70 involving a tractor-trailer and a bus carrying students. My prayers go out to everyone involved and I will continue to monitor the situation closely.
I am devastated to learn of the terrible accident on I-70 involving a tractor-trailer and a bus carrying students. My prayers are with everyone involved and I will continue to monitor the situation closely.
— Congressman Troy Balderson (@RepBalderson) November 14, 2023
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