PIQUA, Ohio (WDTN) – Four Ohio State Highway Patrol Troopers will be honored for their actions in a December bus crash in I-75 in Montgomery County.
Ohio State Highway Patrol Sergeant David L. Robison, Trooper James M. Davis, Trooper Charles M. Gannon and Trooper Jason R. Hutchison will be honored on April 15 for their heroic response to the crash on December 14, 2018.
According to the OSHP, their presence and calm demeanor were instrumental in rescuing two people from a school vehicle which had caught fire.
Each will be presented with the prestigious Superintendent’s Citation of Merit Award by Colonel Richard S. Fambro, Patrol superintendent Monday.
Just before 2 p.m. on December 18, 2018, traffic had slowed on I-75 near Northwoods Boulevard due to a funeral procession that was traveling southbound.
At the same time, traffic in the area was merging to the center lane while authorities responded to a crash on the right shoulder.
The Piqua school bus was slowing to avoid this crash, when it was hit in the rear driven by another tractor/semi-trailer and was pushed into the pickup truck.
The driver of the school bus, Cayley Seitz, was temporarily trapped on the bus.
She was freed and transported to Miami Valley Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
She was later released from the hospital.
A bus aide, Harold E. Rayburn, was taken to Grandview Medical Center.
The driver of the semi-trailer that began the chain reaction of crashes was charged with failure to maintain assured clear distance ahead.