Lorain County School Bus Involved in Accident

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ELYRIA TOWNSHIP, Ohio — Authorities tell Fox 8 News that three people were hospitalized Tuesday morning after an accident in Lorain County involving a pickup and a school bus.

The Lorain County Sheriff’s Office 911 dispatch center says that the crash occurred on Lake Avenue in Elyria Township at approximately 6:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The Elyria Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol says that the truck tried to swerve, but clipped the back of the bus before smashing into a pole.

The OSHP says that no students were injured, but both drivers and a school bus aide were transported from the scene to Elyria Memorial Hospital. Their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

Linda L. Bansek, 54, of Elyria, was operating the First Student School bus. After picking up a student, she had the vehicle stopped northbound on Lake. That’s when the bus was struck by a pickup operated by John E. Blaz, 54, of Elyria.

Blaz’s vehicle sustained heavy damage. So much so that he had to be extricated by mechanical means. Damage to the school bus was minimal.

Four students were aboard the bus when it was hit. It was in the process of picking up students who attend Northwood Junior High School.

Both drivers were wearing safety belts.

Blaz was cited for failing to Maintain Assured Clear Distance.