Passengers Take Control of Tour Bus During Accident

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SOUTH AMHERST, Ohio -- A multi-vehicle crash, involving a tour bus, left one person dead and sent ten others to the hospital.

The accident happened on the Ohio Turnpike in South Amherst, Ohio late on Friday night.

Lt. Glenn Peterson with the Ohio Highway Patrol said it was a chain reaction crash involving a Lakefront Lines Tour Bus, a large commercial truck and five other vehicles.

He said it was raining heavily at the time.

"It looks like one vehicle may have lost control, struck a guard rail and came across and struck the median wall.  And, at that point, the cars just started piling up," Lt. Peterson said.

The Lakefront Lines bus had started the trip in northwest Ohio and was headed to New York City.

Holly Dagg was among 55 passengers on the bus.

She is still shocked at what she witnessed.

"Very scary.  Loud.  Literally saw a car fly past the window that we must have impacted.  I mean very, very scary," Dagg added.

Charlene Thacher of Gibsonburg was sitting in the second row and is still traumatized by the sound of the crash and what she saw.

"All I knew is I saw the windshield breaking and the driver couldn't stop the bus.  And, I just saw us heading for the wall," she said.

Some passengers believe the impact knocked the bus driver unconscious.

Frances Castillo watched as three people on the bus took charge.

"We had one nurse who works up at the care center.  She was our angel because she got the steering wheel and tried to get to the on the side of the median.  We also had two other gentlemen who got up there and brought the bus to a stop," Castillo said.

Cynthia Dent, 40, of Detroit, Michigan was killed in the crash.

Lorain County Coroner Dr. Frank Miller said the woman died at the scene.

The bus driver and five passengers were among the ten people injured.

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