Marlington bus driver cited for crash that sent five students to the hospital


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More details regarding a bus accident that sent five Marlington students and a bus driver to the hospital Monday afternoon are coming to light.

A school bus operated by the Marlington Local School District was involved in a single-vehicle accident just before 2:45 p.m. on Monday, leaving multiple individuals, including students and the bus driver, with injuries.

The incident occurred at the intersection of Columbus Road and Beeson Street.

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, a Marlington Local school bus operated by Debra Weisel, 58, of Hartville, was heading west on Beeson St when she failed to negotiate a left hand turn onto Columbus Road from Beeson.

The bus traveled off the right side of the roadway, striking multiple traffic signs and overturned into a ditch.

According to reports from the Ohio State Highway Patrol, six people, including five students and the bus driver, were transported to nearby hospitals for medical evaluation and treatment. Fortunately, most of the injuries sustained in the accident are believed to be minor. At the time of the incident, the bus was carrying a total of 19 individuals when it unexpectedly overturned during a left turn.

Weisel was cited for failure to control a motor vehicle. She was transported to Cleveland Clinic Mercy Hospital with minor injuries.

“Student safety is always our top priority. All families of the students involved were notified,” Marlington Superintendent Dan Swisher said in a press release. “A follow-up to all students and staff happened this evening and we are thankful that everyone has been medically released.”

The accident remains under investigation.