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One Child Dead, Dozens Injured in School Bus Accident

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A crash involving an elementary school bus in Ohio on the first day of school led to the death of one student and injuries to over 25 others, according to officials.

The crash occurred at around 8:15 am on Tuesday, August 22, on State Route 41 near Lawrenceville Road in German Township, Ohio.

Initial findings from the ongoing investigation indicate that a school bus operated by the Northwestern Local School District was traveling west on the road when it was struck by a 2010 Honda Odyssey minivan that crossed the center line from the opposite eastbound lane.

The impact caused the school bus to veer off the right side of the road and overturn, resulting in the death of an unidentified child. The bus driver, Alfred Collier, 68, who was the only person wearing a seat belt, sustained minor injuries.

One child was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Of the 53 passengers on the bus, mainly children, 22 were transported to nearby medical facilities with injuries that were not deemed life-threatening. Another youngster was taken to Children’s Hospital due to severe, life-threatening injuries.

The occupants of the Honda, a 35-year-old man and a 37-year-old passenger, were admitted to Springfield Regional Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

An investigation is underway to determine the full circumstances of the crash.

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