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Minerva kids on field trip in bus crash

May 1, 2012
Staff Reports , Salem News

CANTON - Nineteen Minerva students were taken to areas hospitals Monday afternoon after the school bus transporting them crashed into a road work warning sign on U.S. 30 near Trump Avenue Southeast her.

The Canton Repository reported the school bus driver, Carol Cogan, 71, of Minerva, told authorities she was distracted for a moment while looking into her mirror to check on the students when the left front of the bus struck the right side of the warning sign.

According to the Repository she told troopers she was going between 40 and 45 miles per hour.

The electric arrow warning sign was up to keep traffic from the right lane while Canton city workers were patching the road.

The bus was carrying 51 second-graders and six adult chaperones from a field trip to the McKinley Monument at the McKinley Presidential Library and Museum, according to the article.

Ohio Highway Patrol Trooper William Weirtz was reported as saying none of the children had visible injuries and were mostly complaining about headaches and being upset by the crash. He was also reported as saying Cogan will be charged with failure to maintain assured clear distance.

Crews from Canton, Canton Township, Perry, Nimishillen and Osnaburg townships and at least 10 ambulances responded, along with Minerva Superintendent Joe Chaddock.

Students not injured in the crash were taken from the scene by their parents, with others transported by another school bus.



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