Six dead and 18 injured when a semi truck crashes into an Ohio school bus trends now

Six dead and 18 injured when a semi truck crashes into an Ohio school bus trends now
Six dead and 18 injured when a semi truck crashes into an Ohio school bus trends now

Six dead and 18 injured when a semi truck crashes into an Ohio school bus trends now

Six people are confirmed dead and 18 injured after a school bus and a semi truck collided on an Ohio highway on Tuesday morning. 

Five vehicles were caught up in the accident, which occurred shortly before 9am on Interstate 70 West in Licking County, near the Smoke Road underpass. 

The semi truck rear-ended the bus, causing a massive fire which gutted the truck. 

Sean Grady, director of the Licking County Emergency Management Agency, said the charter bus was transporting students from a school in eastern Ohio. There were a total of 57 people onboard, he said.

Images taken from the scene show the rear of the bus completely engulfed in flames. 

Fifteen of the 18 injured are believed to be juveniles, and Tuscarawas Valley Local Schools said there may have been 'serious injuries' among the students. 

The accident occurred shortly before 9am on Interstate 70 West in Licking County, near the Smoke Road underpass

The accident occurred shortly before 9am on Interstate 70 West in Licking County, near the Smoke Road underpass

Licking County Emergency Management Agency Director Sean Grady said the charter bus, seen here engulfed in flames, was transporting students from a school in eastern Ohio

Licking County Emergency Management Agency Director Sean Grady said the charter bus, seen here engulfed in flames, was transporting students from a school in eastern Ohio

At least three people were killed and 15 injured following the incident early on Tuesday morning

At least three people were killed and 15 injured following the incident early on Tuesday morning

Images taken from the scene show the rear of the bus completely engulfed in flames

Images taken from the scene show the rear of the bus completely engulfed in flames 

Other images captured by traffic cameras and shared by the Ohio Department of Transportation show the emergency response at the scene. 

Thick plumes of smoke can be seen emitting from the two vehicles, as a massive emergency services response works at the scene. 

Mike DeWine, the governor of Ohio, said his prayers go out to all involved in the crash and their families, and ordered flags to be flown at half staff.

'This is our worst nightmare when we have a bus full of children involved in a crash and certainly the worst nightmare families can endure or a school can endure,' he said.

He said the investigation into the crash will take some time. By 4:30pm on Tuesday, the eastbound highway had reopened but the westbound remained closed. 

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