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At least 6 killed in crash involving Tusky Valley students

| November 14, 2023
An ODOT camera's picture of the aftermath of the crash on I-70 near at state Route 310 in Licking County.

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:

Dear Tusky Valley School Community,
I have devastating and heartbreaking news to report.
Today, a charter bus carrying Tusky Valley students and chaperones on the way to the Ohio School Boards Association conference in Columbus was involved in a very serious accident.
We understand from law enforcement that there may be multiple serious injuries and we are working to learn the details. We will share news with you as we are able, including our plans for upcoming school days and events.
Right now, our focus is on getting in touch with our Tusky Valley families who had loved ones on the bus and providing support to our entire school community. Our Trojan family is strong, and it will take that strength and love to get throughout these coming challenging days.
Dr. Derek Varansky

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