Monday, October 04, 2010


Carlisle Township – Nine people were transported with minor injuries Monday afternoon after a pickup truck collided with a school bus transporting students from Murray Ridge School.

Lieutenant Travis Hughes of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said the crash was caused by a driver failing to stop for a traffic light. “The bus was traveling north on Oberlin-Elyria Road as it crossed Butternut Ridge Road. The driver of the red pickup truck was traveling east on Butternut and failed to stop for the traffic light. The pickup entered the intersection striking the rear wheel area of the school bus causing it to spin around.”

As the bus spun around it crossed Oberlin-Elyria Road – the bus then went into a ditch where it rolled over onto its side.

“As we pulled up on the scene we first saw the school bus on its side,” Chief Kevin Dembiec of Carlisle Township Fire Department said. “We then learned from the bus driver that everyone had been able to exit the bus through the rear door and possibly the emergency exit through the roof.”

Bystanders assisted the school bus driver and others in taking care of the students while emergency crews were responding.

Paramedics from LifeCare and Central Lorain County Ambulance District treated and transported nine victims with the drivers of both vehicles refusing treatment or transport. In an attempt to not over burden any one hospital, victims were taken to Allen, Amherst and Elyria Memorial. All victims were reported to have only minor injuries.

Lt. Hughes said that the driver of the pickup will be charged with Failure to Yield a Red Light.

UPDATE: The State Patrol has released the names of both drivers tonight. The driver of the pickup truck is 58 year old Dale Wilczynski of Elyria and 62 year old Lenworth Mair was driving the school bus.


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