Second person dies after car hits RTA bus in Trotwood

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TROTWOOD, Ohio (WDTN) — A second person has died after a car slammed into an RTA bus in Trotwood Sunday night.

Police say the car was fleeing a traffic stop and was going more than 100 miles per hour when it hit the RTA bus at the intersection of OH-49 and Free Pike around 6 p.m. Sunday.

One person in that car died at the scene.

The passenger later died at Miami Valley Hospital. The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office identifies that victim as 18-year-old Kyren Wright from Dayton.

The bus driver and five passengers were taken to two different hospitals for treatment, and all are expected to be OK, according to Mark Donaghy, CEO of the RTA.

Dajasia Caldwell, who lives nearby, said she and her mom were trying to catch a different RTA bus when they saw the car burst into flames.

“My mom busted out in tears,” Caldwell said. “It just was bad. It was just a bad sight really.”

The impact caused the bus to slide on its side before coming to a stop at a guardrail, according to the RTA. The car caught on fire after the crash.

“The car’s flames just got worse and worse and worse,” Caldwell said. “You just seen all the people, all the police trying to get to the car and everybody trying to see was everybody okay.”

According to Chief Erik Wilson of the Trotwood Police Department, the crash happened around 6 p.m. Sunday as the car was leading an officer on a chase and tried to run a red light.

Multiple law enforcement agencies responded, including Trotwood police, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

“The main thing is the safety here in the community, blocking down the roadway, making sure these guys are safe, get out some teams here and heavy equipment to get this bus back on its side,” Chief Wilson said of the scene and investigation.

Neighbors like Caldwell told 2 NEWS they have seen multiple crashes in the area and want drivers to be more careful.

“Just take it slow cause there’s other people on the road as well,” Caldwell said. “You can’t just be in a rush and not care about everybody else’s life as well.”

As part of their investigation, state troopers are looking into why the officer was trying to pull the car over, Chief Wilson said. 

Video from the bus is being reviewed by authorities, according to RTA officials.

Full statement from RTA CEO Mark Donaghy:

“At approx 5:30 PM a route 14 bus headed west on Free Pike traveling through the intersection with State Route 49 was broadsided by a car traveling in excess of 100 MPH fleeing police. The impact knocked the bus on its side and it slid quite a distance before resting at a guardrail.  Our operator and 5 passengers were transported to 2 different hospitals and are receiving treatment. All are expected to be OK.  The driver of the car died at the scene and a passenger ejected from the vehicle is not expected to survive.”

ORIGINAL: At least one person is dead after an RTA bus and a car crashed in Trotwood. It happened at 5:25 p.m. according to regional dispatch, near the intersection of Free Pike and Route 49.

The RTA bus was flipped on its side. The car caught on fire.

The Montgomery County Sheriff confirmed the fatal crash. Several medics were called to the scene.

Ohio State Police, Trotwood Fire and Police, investigators from RTA, the Dayton Fire Department, and at least three tow trucks are all on the scene.

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