Six individuals have been killed and greater than a dozen others have been injured after a constitution bus carrying college students from a highschool was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer on a central Ohio freeway on Tuesday morning, in keeping with county and state freeway officers.
The crash occurred simply earlier than 9 a.m. on Interstate 70 close to State Route 310 in Etna Township, outdoors of Columbus, on Tuesday in keeping with the Ohio State Freeway Patrol. The crash concerned 5 autos, Lt. Nathan Dennis of the freeway patrol stated at a information convention close to the scene on Tuesday.
The identities of these killed and injured weren’t instantly launched.
John Wieber, the deputy director of Licking County’s emergency administration company, stated by cellphone that he was uncertain of the injured victims’ situations, including that officers anticipated to supply a fuller replace later Tuesday night time.
One automobile was a constitution bus that was taking college students and chaperones from a faculty in jap Ohio to the Ohio College Boards Affiliation convention in Columbus, in keeping with Derek Varansky, superintendent of the Tuscarawas Valley Native College District.
“We perceive from regulation enforcement that there could also be a number of severe accidents and we’re working to study the main points,” he wrote in a launch from the district.
Etna Township is a metropolis with greater than 18,000 residents in Licking County within the central a part of the state.
“It’s our worst nightmare to have a bus full of kids concerned in such a horrible crash,” Gov. Mike DeWine of Ohio stated on the social media platform X on Tuesday.
The Licking County Emergency Administration Company urged drivers to keep away from Interstate 70 within the space of State Route 310 and stated that each instructions have been closed. The Ohio Division of Transportation stated the closure might final hours.
Troopers, fireplace and emergency crews have been working on the scene, the Ohio State Freeway Patrol stated. Eighteen individuals on the bus have been injured and have been taken to seven space hospitals, Lieutenant Dennis stated. He declined to say how many individuals have been killed earlier than victims’ households may very well be notified.
Lieutenant Dennis stated the constitution bus was from Pioneer Trails.
“Pioneer is absolutely cooperating with the authorities as we work to search out the reason for the accident,’’ the corporate stated on Fb. “Our ideas and prayers exit to all of these impacted by this accident.”
Cameras from the Ohio Division of Transportation confirmed plumes of smoke over the scene.
A spokeswoman for OhioHealth, a system of hospitals, stated they have been treating 5 sufferers for minor accidents associated to the crash.
Eduardo Medina contributed reporting.