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UPDATE: Officials say quick-thinking chaperones and driver avert tragedy in fiery school bus crash (video)

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A fiery collision between a school bus and passenger vehicle on Wednesday afternoon at the intersection of Lake Road and State Route 250 in Webster led to one fatality, but no serious injuries to students.


The bus, transporting 22 high school students and three adults, was returning from a field trip. Authorities are still investigating the incident to ascertain the cause of the crash.

Webster Assistant Fire Chief Steve Kozak told local media that the bus was significantly damaged with the car lodged into its side.

Quick and collaborative efforts by the school bus driver and the chaperones ensured the evacuation of all the students from the burning bus, averting what could have been a severe catastrophe.

They led the students to safety, a half mile away from the crash site, before informing the parents that their children were safe.


Wednesday Report: Wayne Central bus involved in fatal wreck with sedan

A fatal crash involving a Wayne Central school bus and a sedan resulted in one death and two injuries on Wednesday afternoon, at the intersection of Lake Road and State Route 250.

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The devastating crash, occurring around 1:15 p.m., saw the bus engulfed in flames upon impact. The bus, returning from a field trip was transporting 22 students and three adults at the time of the incident, according to officials.

Photo by Jenifer Matthews.

The driver of the sedan was declared dead at the scene, with police investigations underway to determine whether the death resulted from crash injuries or a prior medical episode.

Meanwhile, an adult and a student from the bus were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

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Steve Gallaher, the president of the Wayne Central Board of Education, who is also a volunteer fireman, responded to the crash, noting the severe fire damage to the bus upon his arrival.

The district expressed its gratitude towards local emergency responders for their swift and exceptional handling of the situation and care for the students and staff involved.

Subsequent to the crash, parents were able to reunite with their children at the nearby Webster Park, providing solace amidst the tragic circumstances. The district continues to cooperate with authorities in their ongoing investigations into the cause of this heartbreaking incident.