CARLISLE TWP — Several Midview Schools students received minor injuries when a northbound pickup crashed into the back of a school bus stopped at railroad tracks at 10880 Middle Ave., about a block from the Elyria Airport.
A few of the approximately 40 children on the bus were shaken up and two were hospitalized at EMH Elyria Medical Center for precautionary measures, according to Fire Chief Kevin Dembiec. The students were elementary or middle school students, according to Superintendent Scott Goggin. Neither school bus driver Melanie Palazzi or pickup driver Greg McConnell of the Oberlin-based McConnell Excavating, were injured.
Palazzi said she stopped at the tracks and opened the bus door to listen to make sure a train wasn’t coming, according to Sgt. Tim Hoffman of the Ohio Highway Patrol’s Elyria post. McConnell told the Chronicle-Telegram he was behind the bus and looked down to get a soda from a cup holder before realizing the bus had stopped.
McConnell said he was going about 45 miles per hour, which is the posted speed limit for the area.
“I didn’t realize that they were stopped,” he said.
McConnell, 43, of the 18000 block of state Route 58 in Wellington, was charged with failure to maintain an assured clear distance.
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