COLUMBUS – Licking County Emergency Management Agency Director Sean Grady has confirmed with WJER News that at least 6 were killed including 3 from a privately owned vehicle in the crash involving Tusky Valley Band students Tuesday morning. Governor Mike DeWine and representatives from the State Highway Patrol and ODOT held a press conference just before 12:30 p.m. Tuesday to provide an update on the fatal crash on I-70 about 20 miles east of Columbus involving a charter bus carrying Tusky Valley band students and chaperones. Earlier reports said three people were killed in the crash.
Here is the audio from part of the press conference addressing the crash:
They say 18 passengers on the bus were taken to seven area hospitals. Officials said they are not providing more details on the injuries at this time.
The governor called it an absolute horrible, horrible tragedy.
We will keep you updated as we learn more.
Tusky Valley schools provided this statement earlier today: