VANDALIA, Ohio (WDTN) – The Ohio State Highway Patrol has released intense dashcam video that captures the moments the driver and passenger of a Piqua school bus were rescued after a crash on I-75 southbound on Friday.
Just before 2 p.m., traffic had slowed on I-75 near Northwoods Boulevard due to a funeral procession that was traveling southbound.
**NOTE: Some viewers may find the contents of this footage disturbing.**
At the same time, traffic in the area was merging to the center lane while authorities responded to a crash on the right shoulder.
Our partners at the Piqua Daily Call report that the driver of a Peterbilt tractor/semi-trailer failed to maintain assured cleared distance ahead and struck the rear of a Ford pickup truck.
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 released from the hospital Tuesday morning.
A bus aide, Harold E. Rayburn, was taken to Grandview Medical Center in Dayton where he remained hospitalized as of Tuesday morning. The extent of his injuries is unknown.
The driver of the semi-trailer that began the chain reaction of crashes was charged with failure to maintain assured clear distance ahead.