ENGLEWOOD, Ohio (WDTN) — Several students were injured after three buses collided on an exit ramp at Hoke Road in Englewood Friday morning.
Ohio State Highway Patrol reported that multiple school buses crashed into each other at the westbound Hoke Road exit ramp off of I-70 around 7:35 a.m.
According to Huber Heights City Schools, investigation showed that three Huber Heights busses were waiting to get off the exit ramp when the third bus driver rear-ended the bus in front of them. This caused a chain reaction that sent the middle bus into the front one, damaging all three.
The students were immediately evacuated, the school district said, and all were checked for injuries. Fifteen students reported minor injuries and were brought to local hospitals for treatment.
“We are thankful for the first responders who were on scene within minutes to support our students. We are also appreciative of the parents who waited patiently for additional information and to Northmont City Schools for helping us in a time of need,” Superintendent Jason Enix writes in the release. “Our thoughts are with those students that were riding the buses involved in the incident this morning. We hope all make a quick recovery and we look forward to seeing them on Tuesday.”
Northmont City Schools sent buses to pick up the remaining students and bring them to Miami Valley CTC Where they would begin their day.
The driver failed to maintain assured clear distance, the investigation showed, and they were cited by OSHP. The Huber Huber Heights City School District Transportation Department will now conduct a complete evaluation of the incident.
The driver will remain off duty until the evaluation is complete.
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