Students injured in Swanton school bus, semi truck crash

A semi truck smashed into a Swanton school bus Wednesday afternoon as the students were on their way home from their second day of classes.

The seven kids aboard, along with an aide, the bus driver and the truck driver were all taken to the hospital.

It happened just before 3:00 Wedensday afternoon at U.S. 20 A and State Route 109 in Delta.

Toledo Highway Patrol troopers say the K&L semi truck driver ran a red light and collided with the bus.

"As the collision occurred the two vehicles kind of wrapped together and traveled off the southeast corner of the intersection," said Lt. John Altman, Toledo Highway Patrol.

Everyone involved was transported to Fulton County Health Care Center.

The bus aide, 41-year old Lisa Elrod of Wauseon, and the students suffered just minor injuries.

The students on board included one 7-year old, two 11-year olds, one 13-year old, one 15-year old and two 18-year olds, all of Swanton.

The school bus driver, 40-year old Kelly Harlett of Swanton was treated and released from Fulton County Health Care Center.

The driver of the truck, 57-year old Edward Kinsman of Wauseon had to be airlifted to Mercy St. Vincent's. He is listed in serious condition.

Still, officials say it could have been much worse.

"Something like this here could have very easily turned into a fatal crash," said Altman.

Swanton Superintendent Paulette Baz wants to reassure parents that: "The driver of the bus, an excellent driver with a clean record was only concerned about the welfare of her students. The students and aide who are taught what to do in an emergency, reacted appropriately for the situation."

Troopers hope drivers will recognize that as school starts up they need to take some extra precautions on the roads.

The circumstances surrounding the accident are still under investigation.