Etna, OH (November 15, 2023) – A major truck accident was reported on Tuesday in Etna that claimed the lives of half a dozen people. The accident occurred just after 8:50 a.m. on November 13, prompting the response of the Ohio State Highway Patrol and multiple first responders out of Licking County.
According to local news sources, a chain reaction collision involving a commercial vehicle, a tractor-trailer, a charter bus, and two passenger vehicles blocked several lanes on the westbound side of Interstate 70 just one-half of a mile before Route 310 at the Etna interchange. The incident prompted authorities to close the roadway for an extended period as they provided assistance.
The charter bus was carrying 54 students, one driver, teachers, and chaperones from Tuscarawas Valley Local Schools in Zoarville, Tuscarawas County, which was en route to the Ohio School Boards Association conference in Columbus.
Three students on the bus were fatally injured. They were identified as two 18-year-old male students and one 15-year-old female student. Three additional victims were fatally injured. They were identified as two chaperones and one teacher. Authorities identified them as a 56-year-old man from Navarre, Ohio, a 39-year-old woman from Zoar, Ohio, and a 45-year-old woman from Bolivar, Ohio.
Fifteen additional victims on the bus were transported to area hospitals for the treatment of injuries. The driver of the semi-truck was injured in the crash and transported to OhioHealth Grant Medical Center Downtown for emergency care. The driver of the second commercial vehicle was treated at the scene. The driver and one passenger who were inside one of the passenger vehicles were both injured. The two victims were transported to local medical facilities for care. At this time, investigations are underway.
We hope all of the injured parties are able to recover quickly following this crash.
We offer our sympathies to the families of all six of the people killed in this collision.
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