Ohio Highway Crash Claims Lives of 6, Including 3 Teens, Say Police

A tragedy struck on an Ohio highway early Tuesday morning when a multi-vehicle crash claimed the lives of six people, including three teenagers. 

The incident on Interstate 70 in Etna just before 9 a.m. local time involved a charter bus carrying high school students from Tuscarawas Valley Local Schools.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol reported that the accident involved five vehicles, including the charter bus, two commercial vehicles, and two passenger vehicles, all traveling westbound on the highway. 

The collision resulted in a chain-reaction crash, leading to at least three cars catching fire. More than a dozen people sustained injuries in the incident.

Among the victims were three teenagers who tragically lost their lives at the scene: John Mosely, 18, of Mineral City; Jeffery Worrell, 18, of Bolivar; and Katelyn Owens, 15, of Mineral City.

Additionally, three passengers from one of the passenger vehicles were pronounced dead at the scene: Dave Kennat, 56, of Navarre; Kristy Gaynor, 39, of Zoar; and Shannon Wigfield, 45, of Bolivar.

Fifteen students and the bus driver were transported to area hospitals, while the drivers of the commercial vehicles received varying degrees of medical attention. 

The severity of the crash prompted a swift and comprehensive response from emergency services, with authorities working to ensure the injured received prompt medical care.

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Ohio Tragedy Unfolds: Governor DeWine’s Stark Assessment

Tragedy struck on an Ohio highway early Tuesday morning when a multi-vehicle crash claimed the lives of six people, including three teenagers.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine expressed the gravity of the situation, calling the incident a worst nightmare during a press briefing. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) chair Jennifer Homendy provided further insights at a press conference in Columbus, acknowledging the challenges in determining the sequence of events leading to the accident.

Pioneer Trails, the company operating the charter bus, stated that it fully cooperates with authorities in the ongoing investigation. 

The NTSB announced plans to send agents to the crash site on Wednesday to begin the investigative process, which typically takes 12-18 months. A preliminary report is expected in the coming weeks, shedding light on the initial findings.

The devastating multi-vehicle crash on an Ohio highway has left a community in mourning, highlighting the need for a thorough investigation to understand the circumstances surrounding the incident.

As families, friends, and the community grapple with the loss, the focus remains on supporting those affected and seeking answers to prevent such tragedies in the future.

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