School bus crash leaves one child dead, dozens more injured

A devastating rollover crash involving a school bus in Ohio has resulted in the loss of one child’s life and left numerous others injured. The incident occurred on Tuesday morning, just as students in the Northwest Local School District were preparing for their first day of school. The bus, carrying a full load of students, was involved in a collision that caused it to overturn. The tragedy unfolded on Ohio 41, also known as Troy Road, in German Township, Clark County.

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred at approximately 8:16 a.m. when another vehicle sideswiped the school bus. The impact caused the bus to veer off the road and flip over. Tragically, one student was ejected from the bus and pronounced dead at the scene. The dispatcher confirmed that the child’s life was lost in the accident. Emergency services swiftly responded to the scene, transporting twenty-two juvenile passengers to local hospitals for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. Additionally, one juvenile passenger was rushed to Children’s Hospital with severe, life-threatening injuries.

Preliminary investigations by the state patrol have revealed that a 2010 Honda Odyssey minivan, traveling east on Ohio 41, crossed the center line and collided with the rear of a westbound 2016 International school bus. The force of the impact caused the bus to careen off the right side of the road, resulting in the tragic rollover. The bus driver, Alfred E. Collier, 68, from Springfield, sustained minor injuries but did not require hospitalization. The minivan driver, Hermanio Joseph, 35, and his passenger, Roberto Mompremier, 37, both from Springfield, were taken to Springfield Regional Medical Center with injuries that are not considered life-threatening.

Authorities at the scene were assisted by multiple agencies, including the Springfield Township Fire Department and EMS, German Township Fire Department and EMS, Clark County Sheriff’s Office, Clark County Coroner’s Office, Clark County Engineer’s Office, Dan’s Towing, and the Ohio Department of Transportation. The Ohio State Highway Patrol continues to investigate the crash to determine the exact cause and any contributing factors.