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School bus, SUV collide

John Lowe / New Concord Leader Published: March 19, 2012 10:09 AM
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NEW CONCORD A western Guernsey County man and his son were taken on Tuesday to Genesis Good Samaritan Hospital after a school bus struck the sports utility vehicle in which the two were traveling.

The identities of the man and his son were not available as of press time Wednesday.

As a result of their identities not being available from the Ohio State Highway Patrol, their conditions were also not available as of press time.

Tpr. Scott Bayless of the Cambridge post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, said the SUV was eastbound on Glenn Highway (U.S. 22/40) east of New Concord when it slowed in preparation for turning right into the private driveway of a residence.

As the SUV slowed, it was struck in the rear by Bus 20 of the East Muskingum Local School District.

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The SUV then went off of the right side of the road and rolled over, Bayless said.

The crash occurred at about 2:42 p.m. just east of the Sav-A-Step Drive-Thru in Westland Township as the SUV driver was returning from picking up his son from school. The injuries sustained by the man and his son were non-life-threatening, according to reports.

The bus had about 36 students aboard, but no one on the bus including the driver reported being injured.

In addition to emergency crews from the New Concord and Cassell Station fire departments, East Muskingum Assistant Superintendent David Adams responded to the scene to check on the well-being of the students. Another bus was dispatched to the scene to continue transporting students home.

The SUV was heavily damaged and the bus had functional damage to the right front.

The identity of the bus driver was not available as of press time. The driver was reportedly cited for failure to maintain assured clear distance ahead.

The accident remained under investigation by the highway patrols Cambridge post.

(Daily Jeffersonian reporter Rick Stillion contributed to this story.)


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