10 students hurt in Middletown school bus crash, city official says

Published: Oct. 14, 2021 at 8:55 AM EDT|Updated: Oct. 14, 2021 at 10:18 AM EDT
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MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (WXIX) - Ten students were hurt in a school bus crash in Middletown Thursday morning, according to a city spokeswoman.

A pickup truck rear-ended a bus for Middletown schools with 24 total students board at Central Avenue and North Highview Drive, said the spokeswoman, Shelby Quinlivan.

The students are all sixth-graders who attend Highview 6th Grade Center, she said.

Their injuries are considered minor, and they were transported to various hospitals in the area for treatment, according to Quinlivan.

Kettering Health Middletown had three students brought to the emergency room. They are all in good condition, the hospital said.

Six students were taken to Atrium Medical Center with minor injuries.

Multiple ambulances responded to the scene to assist Middletown fire officials, including six from Butler County and two from Monroe, dispatchers said.

School officials released a statement:

“Middletown City School District had one of our school buses involved in an accident before school today. The accident occurred on Central Avenue and North Highview Drive. The bus was on the way to Highview 6th Grade Center when it was rear-ended. The bus was carrying approximately 16 students and two drivers. Out of an abundance of caution, multiple paramedics arrived to help evaluate the passengers.

“We will update you when we receive more information.”

The bus driver is facing a misdemeanor charge for failure to yield, according to Middletown police.

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