COLUMBUS, Ohio (WJW) — A man is being called a hero in the aftermath of the tragic crash on I-70 that left six people, including three students, dead on Tuesday.

Don Wagler was driving the charter bus ferrying 57 people, including Tuscarawas Valley High School band members, to a conference in Columbus when the crash took place just before 9 a.m. in Etna. Despite sustaining injuries in the collision, and later being hospitalized, his wife told FOX 8 how Don sprung into action getting the bus door open immediately.

“With four broken bones in one leg, his main concern was the kids. They came first and he did a good job,” Ellen Wagler told FOX 8’s Stefani Schaefer Wednesday.

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Don is still in a hospital in Columbus, Ellen said, and although he’s unable to get out of bed, he is now able to sit up and eat.

“We are getting messages from all over the state; people are so wonderful,” Ellen said. “We are hoping for a speedy recovery. He is a miracle. If you saw the front of the bus.”

Photo courtesy Ellen Wagler

An investigation is ongoing as federal and state officials alike work to figure out how the crash took place.

Those Tusky Valley students killed in the crash include senior John W. Mosley, senior Jeffery “JD” Worrell and sophomore Katelyn Owens. Dave Kennat, a teacher at the school was killed in a separate vehicle, as well as two chaperones Kristy Gaynor and Shannon Wigfield.