VIENNA TWP., Ohio (WKBN) – A charge against a bus driver is pending after Ohio State Highway Patrol was called to an accident involving multiple vehicles Wednesday morning.
Troopers were called to Scoville North Road on state Route 82 in Vienna Township around 9:30 a.m.
OSHP said the Gateways to Better Living bus, which had six occupants, came across the intersection going south on Scoville North. Troopers say the driver of the bus failed to yield, causing a collision with a Kia Soul, which was going east on Route 82.
The bus continued to the southbound side of Scoville North and was pushed into a station wagon stopped at the stop sign.
Ken Johnston was on his way to have the headliner of his 1978 Pontiac station wagon fixed. He was stopped at the stop sign on Scoville North Road, waiting to turn left onto Route 82 when he was hit by the bus.
“I’m kind of, like, just heartbroken,” Johnston says. “Where am I going to find another one them? It’s impossible.”
Sgt. Timothy Grimm with OSHP said the Kia driver has serious but non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. The five passengers and driver have suspected minor injuries but were taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Warren for evaluation.
Johnston was not injured, but the same can’t be said for his car.
“I saw it all coming my way and I couldn’t do [anything], I couldn’t get out of the way,” Johnston says.
Troopers say it’s important to pay attention and come to a complete stop when using crossovers on busy roads like state Route 82.
“Make sure it’s clear before you try to proceed across the roadway,” says Grimm. “It is 60 miles an hour through here, so cars are traveling pretty quickly — so just make sure you have enough room to cross the room safely before you continue.”
Grimm says a failure to yield charge is pending against the bus driver.
The Vienna Township Fire Department also responded to the scene.