Edison bus hit by dump truck
TORONTO — At least seven pupils and two adults were treated for minor injuries and released Thursday at Trinity Medical Center West, Steubenville, after an Edison Local School District bus was struck in the rear by a dump truck at the intersection of county Road 47 and state Route 152 in Jefferson County.
The accident occurred about 8 a.m., and crews from several responding agencies were on the scene shortly thereafter. The bus was transporting pupils to Stanton Elementary School when a dump truck struck it from behind, according to Patrolman Tony Porreca, a Toronto Police officer on the scene.
Sgt. Robert Bodo of the Ohio Highway State Patrol said the accident occurred after the driver of the dump truck failed to maintain assured clear distance.
“The school bus had stopped on state Route 152 to pick up children,” said Bodo. “There were pupils standing outside ready to get on the bus.”
Bodo said both drivers were transported to local hospitals. He added the driver of the dump truck had been cited.
Crews from the TEMS Joint Ambulance District transported several injured children to local hospitals, according to Keith Murdock, Trinity Health System spokesman.
“We had eight all together treated at Trinity Medical Center West, including the bus driver,” said Murdock, adding some parents brought children in to be checked for injuries later in the day. “All were treated and released.”
Other pupils were transported to other area hospitals by TEMS. According to Bill Beattie, Edison Local superintendent, who was on the scene shortly after the accident occurred, none of the injuries appeared to be serious.
“There were a lot of bumps and bruises,” said Beattie, who also went to Trinity West after the accident. “The bus driver was transported but not seriously injured.”
Additional responders at the scene included the Ohio Highway State Patrol; Stratton, Empire and Knoxville volunteer fire departments; and Saline Township Police.
The accident remains under investigation, according to the highway patrol.