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Bus driver cited, two students transported after slow-speed crash

by Eric Marotta | Editor Published: September 14, 2016 12:00 AM

Northfield Center -- A school bus driver for Nordonia Hills City Schools was cited for failure to yield and two students were taken to medical facilities in Twinsburg for evaluation Sept. 9 after authorities say the bus driver struck a motorist while attempting to turn onto Olde Eight Road around 8 a.m.

Superintendent Joe Clark said the bus (Bus K) contained 24 Nordonia Middle School students on their way to school.

Northfield Center-Sagamore Hills Fire District Chief Frank Risko said the department at the time was responding to a motorcycle crash on Twinsburg Road, so he requested two rescue squads each from Macedonia and Northfield Village to respond to the bus accident. Summit County Sheriff's Deputies and Sagamore Hills police also responded.

Rescue squads from Macedonia and Northfield Village each took one child to the University Hospitals and Cleveland Clinic facilities in Twinsburg, officials said.

Clark said one of the students complained of "concussion/whiplash symptoms."

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Information on the other transported student was not available.

Most of the other students were taken by another bus to the middle school, though five rode in rescue squads to the school while being evaluated by firefighters, officials said.

"The fire department, EMS and additional officers were on scene to physically examine each child," Clark said, adding the examination is a requirement under state law whenever there is a bus accident with students on board. He said parents were notified of the incident and to his knowledge all but the two students who were taken to be checked remained in school for the day.

Summit County Sheriff's Deputy Wes Dobbins said the bus driver has been cited for failure to yield after deputies determined he attempted to make a right turn southbound onto Olde Eight and struck the right front fender of a 2015 Impala being driven by an 83-year-old Macedonia man traveling southbound. He said speeds involved in the accident were around 1 to 2 mph and that the traffic pattern at the intersection had been altered with cones due to construction on Olde Eight Road.

Dobbins said the 7:40 a.m. motorcycle crash that the Northfield Center-Sagamore Hills Fire District responded to involved a 41-year-old motorcyclist from Boston Heights who crashed his bike just west of Schoepf Road. He said the motorcyclist apparently lost control of his bike and layed it down on the roadway.

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The motorcyclist was taken to Akron City Hospital, complaining of head injuries, and was treated and released. Dobbins said the motorcycle accident remained under investigation Sept. 9.

Also on Sept. 9, Risko said the fire district had to call the Brecksville Fire Department for mutual aid around 9 a.m. after the fire district got a call from Sagamore Hills while local fire departments were dealing with the two prior incidents.

Risko said the call came from a 77-year-old Morning Star Trail resident complaining of chest pains. Risko said the resident was transported for medical care, but had no further information.

This news was first published Sept. 9 at www.the-news-leader.com.

Eric Marotta: 330-541-9433


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