Child dies, dozens hurt in school bus crash north of Dayton, Ohio, authorities say

Published: Aug. 22, 2023 at 11:37 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 22, 2023 at 1:43 PM EDT
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CLARK COUNTY, Ohio (WXIX/Gray News) - One child died and several young children and adults are hurt in a rollover crash involving an Ohio school bus Tuesday morning, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

The child, who was ejected from the bus, was pronounced dead at the scene, about a half hour northeast of Dayton in Clark County, officials said.

The crash occurred on an elementary school route, officials with Northwestern Local Schools in Springfield wrote in a Facebook post.

A vehicle, a 2010 Honda Odyssey minivan, went left of center sideswiped the bus, which was loaded with 52 students and travelling in the opposite direction, the Ohio State Highway Patrol said.

The bus went off the right side of the road and overturned, a patrol dispatcher told WXIX.

The bus driver and the students were taken in ambulances to local area hospitals for treatment.

Among the injured are the bus driver, Alfred E. Collier, 68, of Springfield, 23 children, the Odyssey driver, Hermanio Joseph, 35, and a passenger of the Odyssey, Roberto , 37, both of Springfield.

Twenty-two juvenile passengers were taken in ambulances to local area hospitals for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. Another juvenile passenger was taken to Children’s Hospital with serious, life-threatening injuries, the state patrol said..

Collier suffered minor injuries but was not taken to the hospital, the Ohio State Highway Patrol said. Joseph and Mompremier were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The crash remains under investigation, authorities said.