Paulding County, Oh (Indiana's NewsCenter)-Ohio Highway Patrol tell Indiana's NewsCenter that there are a number of injuries after a van was struck by a bus carrying students early Tuesday evening.
Ohio State Highway Patrol says Leslie Coats, the driver, and Dorothy Coats from the Blackhawk Christian Community in Fort Wayne, were air-lifted to Parkview Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
It happened around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, in Paulding County, Ohio. The two women were in a minivan carrying five student-athletes from Blackhawk to Antwerp, Ohio for a track meet. They were driving east when Ohio State Troopers say Coats failed to yield at a stop sign at the intersection of SR 49 and Ohio 111. This intersection is near Payne and Antwerp. The minivan was struck by a Hicksville school bus carrying baseball and softball players. The school bus was enroute to Wayne Trace High School for a double-header.
Police say they are unsure if there were any distractions in the minivan while at the intersection, and encourages drivers to come to a full stop before proceeding.
"We're unsure if whether there was a distraction in the vehicle, but we encourage at intersections that people stop, look, and then once you go on into the intersection that you look again and make sure that you're not distracted at intersections to ensure that you don't cause a crash," said Sgt. Jonathan Gray with the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
Troopers say seven Hicksville athletes, and the remaining minivan passengers, were transported to Paulding County Hospital. All were treated for minor injuries and released.
A Blackhawk Christian School Official confirms Leslie and Dorothy Coats are okay and that they did not suffer life threatening injuries.
SR 49 and Ohio 111 were closed for approximately two hours while crews cleared the scene. The crash is still under investigation and Troopers say they'll determine whether seat belts were used.
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