Bus carrying cookie workers hits car, injuring 29

A bus rear-ended a vehicle on I-75 northbound late Tuesday.

A bus and Toyota Camry collided late Tuesday night on northbound I-75, injuring at least 29 people near Cygnet, Ohio.

According to a Bowling Green Highway Patrol post news release, a commercial bus driving McComb Cookie Factory workers back to Toledo lost control while trying to avoid a minivan that troopers believe was "driving erratically." The bus then rear-ended a Camry carrying seven people, including two babies.

Emergency responders transported 26-year-old Sara Lipkins, 40-year-old Banita Johnson, 5-year-old Diamond Lipkins-Welch, 7-month old Zecarri Chea and 2-year-old Damarion Huggins to Blanchard Valley Hospital with minor injuries. Two other passengers from the same car, 23-year-old Darnell Welch and 13-year-old Daronita Donelson, were taken to Wood County Hospital.

From the bus, 19 passengers were taken to the Wood County Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Two other passengers with more serious injuries, 18-year-old Marquan Williams and 22-year-old Allen Harkins, were transported to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation, but troopers believe the minivan may have caused the crash by making an unsafe lane change. Anyone who witnessed the crash is urged to call the Bowling Green post at (419)-352-2481.