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At least six people lost their lives in a catastrophic multi-vehicle crash on an Ohio interstate involving a school bus and other vehicles. The accident occurred on Tuesday morning and resulted in 18 others being injured.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol reported that the crash involved two commercial vehicles, including a bus, a semitrailer, and two passenger vehicles. It was a chain-reaction collision that happened shortly after 9 AM, causing at least three vehicles to burst into flames. A semitrailer rear-ended a charter bus carrying students and chaperones from the Tuscarawas Valley Local School District en route to a conference in Columbus.
According to the Highway Patrol, three students on the bus died and have since been identified as John W. Mosely, 18; Jeffery D. Worrell, 18; and Katelyn N. Owens, 15. Additionally, three people in another vehicle involved in the crash were also killed. They have been identified as Dave Kennat, 56; Kristy Gaynor, 39; and Shannon Wigfield, 45.
The aftermath of the crash saw local hospitals treating 15 students and the bus driver while others were taken to a reunification site. The drivers of the commercial vehicles involved received medical attention, with one being treated for non-life-threatening injuries and the other released at the scene.
Gov. Mike DeWine described the crash as “our worst nightmare,” extending his sympathies to the families and individuals affected. He also ordered flags to be flown at half-staff as a sign of mourning.