On January 7, a commercial tanker and shuttle bus collided in Springfield, Ohio. Four people were killed and another seven were sent to area hospitals for treatment. The collision occurred after a Mack commercial truck lost control as it traveled westbound on Interstate 70 at State Route 40. The truck jackknifed and swerved over the median before hitting a passenger car and smashing into the bus, which was carrying nine passengers and the driver.
The driver of the bus was killed, as well as three other passengers. They were pronounced dead at the scene. The other passengers of the motor coach bus were taken to hospitals with unspecified injuries. The driver of the tanker was also taken to an area hospital for minor injuries, officials said.
The shuttle bus, a Chevrolet 17-seat motor coach, was en route to an assisted-living facility. It was returning from Creative Learning Workshop, a center that provides vocational services to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, when the crash occurred.
Officials investigating the fatal collision have not yet said if weather was a factor in the crash. At the time, many parts of Ohio were covered in up to 12 centimeters of snow.