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School bus involved in crash in Lewis County

An accident in Garrison involving a school bus left some students with minor injuries, The Lewis County Herald reported. According to the newspaper, the bus was hit broadside by a truck earlier this week in Lewis County.

Media reports indicate that a 74-year old Silver Grove resident was eastbound in his Ford F-450 Super Duty truck at approximately 7 a.m., on the AA Highway. Police investigators stated the driver failed to notice a stopped Dodge Ram pickup truck in the eastbound turning lane waiting to merge onto state route 1306.

The Ford truck struck the right rear section of the pickup truck before continuing right and striking the bus broadside at the intersection of the AA Highway.

The Ford was hauling six gasoline pumps. All were tossed out of the truck upon its impact with the school bus. Some slammed into the bus. Although the Ford driver was uninjured, the paper reported that the Jaws-of-Life had to be used to extricate the driver from his truck.

The driver of the school bus, a 42-year old Vanceburg resident, assisted all 32 students riding her bus with getting off the vehicle safely. Another bus riding behind the wrecked bus picked the students up.

One student who complained of back pains was transported via Portsmouth Ambulance to Southern Ohio Medical Center. Two more were brought to another local hospital as a precaution by their parents.

All students on the school bus were examined by medical personnel at the accident scene, the newspaper reported.

The occupants of the pickup truck, the 78-year-old male driver and his 73-year old wife, were also uninjured. The couple are residents of Davenport, Florida.

The owner of the truck that police determined was at fault in the crash is M&M Service Station Equipment, located in Newport.

Authorities cleared the scene within two hours.

Remember that if your child is involved in a school bus accident, not all injuries are immediately apparent. Get them checked by a physician as soon as is possible to rule out any serious complications.

Source: WTVQ, "Students Suffer Minor Injuries in School Bus Accident in Lewis County," Tom Kenny, Sep. 12, 2017

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