Tuesday, 12 September 2023 09:40

A School Bus Overturns in Stark Co. Amidst Heightened Concern for Bus Safety Featured

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A school bus carrying 19 Marlington High School and Middle School students overturned into a ditch yesterday afternoon on Columbus Road NE. 

The Beacon Journal reports that no one was seriously injured in the one-vehicle crash, but 5 students and the driver were taken to local hospitals for minor injuries. 

The Ohio State Highway patrol is investigating the circumstances of the crash and says they have cited the bus driver, a 58-year-old Lake Township woman with failure to control a motor vehicle.

Meanwhile in Columbus, the new Ohio School Bus Safety Working Group held their first meeting with Governor Mike DeWine in attendance. DeWine formed the group to examine school transportation safety following the Clark County school bus crash in August that killed an 11-year-old boy. 

The Capital Journal reports that the 15-member group is tasked with looking at school bus regulations, school bus seat belts, and crash risk factors, among other things and is expected to make their recommendations at the end of the year. 

And in D.C., U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) has taken the bus safety issue national, introducing a School Bus Safety Act to congress last week, a bill that would implement safety recommendations from the National Transportation Safety Board, including requiring seat belts on buses.

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