Students Describe School Bus Collision, Injuries

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EATON TWP., Ohio -- More than a dozen children were rushed to the hospital after two school buses collided in Lorain County Monday.

Investigators with the Ohio State Highway Patrol were trying to figure out why it happened.

At last check, 16 students were taken to the hospital, with what were described as minor injuries.

All afternoon, parents went to Midview Middle School to pick up their children after the scary ride home from school.

Just before 3:00 p.m. Monday, a school bus from Lorain County's Midview School District in Eaton Twp. slammed into the back of another bus on West Capel Road, just yards away from the high school.

A total of 55 students were on board both buses.

More than a dozen students were taken to local hospitals by ambulance.

"I was sitting there and you hear a big boom," said 8th grade passenger Cristen Grizzell.

"I was minding my own business and I heard a big boom and I looked back and I saw a bus behind us and I hit my head on the seat in front of me," said his 7th grade sister, Skyler.

"I looked up and we hit the other bus, we just hit the bus, I heard the brakes slam, like the brakes slam, and then we just crashed into the back of the bus," said Marquis Taylor, another student.

The buses were carrying students from Midview's elementary and middle schools, between the fifth and eighth grades.

Eaton Twp. fire officials said none of the injuries are life-threatening and some children were taken to the hospital as a precaution.

"My face got slammed against the seat and then my nose started bleeding," said Josh Bacskay.

"When the bus hit the other bus, I kind of just like flew forward a little bit and jammed my finger," said 7th grade passenger Tariq Dawson.

"I said, 'Are you hurt?' He said, 'Yeah, I busted my lip and my neck hurts,'" said parent Candace Sellee.

"The school never contacted me, my son borrowed a cell phone from a friend," said parent Veronica Grizzell.

Many parents said they were upset because the school never notified them directly about the crash or whether their child was hurt.

"I was being told that there were five or six kids being transported to different hospitals and they couldn't even answer the question if my kids were okay or not, with two kids on the bus, naturally I'm gonna be a little upset about that," said parent Joe Harris.

"It's one of the things that I wish we could have done a little differently was immediately get those names and called.  There was some time lapse, but they were working and interviewing the students," said Midview school district superintendent John Kuhn.

"We're probably gonna take them in and have them checked out just to be safe," said Grizzell.

Kuhn said both bus drivers will be tested for drugs and alcohol and will not get back behind the wheel until the investigation is complete.

He also said he will review the district's procedures in notifying parents during an emergency.