WEST TOWNSHIP, Ohio –Three young people were killed in a tragic accident Saturday on U.S. Route 30 in West Township in Columbiana County.
U.S. Route 30 was closed for several hours Saturday morning while emergency crews tried to piece together how the crash unfolded.
“We’re going to try and glean as much information about this as possible, but we do know that weather was a factor. It had started raining shortly before that and it iced over,” said Trooper Eric Derrington, Ohio State Highway Patrol.
The school bus, driven by Deborah Dustman, 56, of Malvern, was carrying a basketball team from the Brown Local School District when it collided with a Ford Taurus.
“I have a witness that saw the Taurus start sliding, and the school bus tried to swerve a little bit to the left and they end up colliding anyway,” said Derrington.
Three bodies were cut from the Taurus.
According to OSP, the car was reportedly driven by Savannah Russell, 16, of Malvern, and the passengers were Storm Angione, 19, of Paris and A’liyia Hancock, 18, of Minerva.
None of the students on the bus were injured.
The bus driver suffered a knee injury.
Police said it will take some time for a final investigation to be done.
“We’re going to have the school bus inspected by our district headquarters out of Cambridge. They’re going to do the workups.Our reconstruction unit is on the scene right now, and he’s working on mapping the scene,” said Derrington.
There were three other minor accidents on Route 30 in Columbiana County Saturday – all of them caused by road conditions.
“Any time it’s this cold and you have rain, always take caution. That’s the best thing you can do. If you need to stay home, stay home,” said Derrington.
Minerva Fire and EMS were on the scene as well.