MIAMI COUNTY — One person has died as a result of a crash involving a Milton-Union school bus and a car at the intersection of State Route 55 and Kessler-Frederick Road around 6:52 a.m. Thursday.
Initial reports indicate that the car was westbound on State Route 55, at an apparent high rate of speed, when the driver went left of center and struck the bus, traveling eastbound, head-on.
The driver of the car, a Chevrolet Cavalier, was ejected from the vehicle. The driver, Taylor Dickey, 21, of Troy, was pronounced dead at the scene. It is undertermined if Dickey was wearing a seat belt due to the severity of damage to the car, according to Miami County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Dave Duchak.
Several students on the bus, a 2007 Blue Bird, suffered injuries.
Duchak said six students were transported by medics or their parents to Upper Valley Medical Center and Children’s Hospital in Dayton with minor cuts and bruises and other injuries related to the impact of the accident. Their injuries occurred when they struck the seat in front of them at the point of impact, he said.
Other students were transported to Milton-Union school to be evaluated.
“We are very fortunate,” Milton-Union Superintendent Dr. Virginia Rammel said.
According to Rammel, the injured students have been released from the hospital to their parents.
“The bus was pretty full of students, around middle school to high school-age students,” Duchak reported. “There was nothing that the bus driver could do.”
Duchak said the bus driver was not injured, but was “shaken up.”
“She’s shaken up, but she did so well,” Rammel said.
The driver got students off the bus and away from the scene, Rammel said.
Other staff members on their way to school stopped at the scene and did their best to aid the students and the driver, she said. According to Rammel, one staff member used the fire extinguisher on the bus to try to put out the car fire.
“The whole community really came together,” Rammel said, noting that representatives from the county’s Victim Witness program and ministers from local churches volunteered to counsel students.
Rammel said there were extra guidance counselors available to students and they will be available again Friday.
“God was looking out for us,” Rammel said.
Medic units from multiple departments, including Union Township, Pleasant Hill, and Tipp City, responded to assist in transporting crash victims.
The Miami County Sheriff’s Office crash reconstruction team continues to investigate the crash, along with the Ohio Department of Transportation.
“We would like to thank all of the fire and medic units, whose quick response was greatly appreciated along with the Ohio State Highway Patrol Vehicle Inspection Unit, who completed the school bus inspection and the Ohio Department of Transportation and Miami County Highway Department, whose crews assisted in traffic control, closure of the roadways, and clean-up,” Duchak said.
“Lastly, thank you to Milton-Union school staff who also responded to the scene quickly and provided transportation and support for all of the students.”
The Miami County Coroner had the driver’s remains transported to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office for autopsy. Toxicology results will not be available for six weeks, Duchak said.
Anyone who may have witnessed the crash or observed the car prior to the crash is asked to call Sgt. Todd Tennant at (937) 440-6085, Ext. 7009.
Mike Ullery, Melanie Yingst and Cecilia Fox contributed to this story.