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Deputies investigate separate Norwalk school bus crashes

Cary Ashby • Feb 13, 2019 at 2:00 AM

The Huron County Sheriff’s Office is investigating separate two-vehicle accidents Tuesday, both involving Norwalk City Schools buses.

Just before 9 a.m., there was a crash on Laylin Road north of U.S. 20. Lt. Bill Duncan said a pickup driver — Jason Grosswiler, 34, of Norwalk — lost control, slid on some ice and “kinda scraped down the side of the bus.”

Superintendent George Fisk said the damage to the bus was minor.

“We had three students on the bus and none of the students or the driver were injured,” he added. “I have not seen the accident report; I don’t know if it has been completed yet.”

The second bus-related accident happened just before noon at the intersection of Ohio 601 and U.S. 20. The injury crash involved a tractor-trailer and a school van/mini-bus, which was on its normal route.

“There were no students on that bus,” Fisk said. “It’s only a nine-passenger van.”

An ambulance transported the bus driver and a transportation aide to Fisher-Titus Medical Center. Neither injury appeared to be serious.

“The driver of the truck was not hurt. He was cited at the scene,” Duncan said.

Due to the accident reports being incomplete at press time, no further information was available from the sheriff’s office.

The school vehicle was returning from Grafton, where elementary- through middle-school students attend school.

Reports were the semi was northbound on Ohio 601 and went through the U.S. 20 stop sign, hitting the bus on the driver’s side.

“The van was operable, but had substantial damage to the driver’s side. It was towed from the scene,” said Fisk, who declined to release any names, citing the occupants’ privacy. “I haven’t gotten an update on their conditions yet.”

EDITOR’S NOTE: Managing editor Joe Centers contributed to this story.

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