Eight Dayton Public Schools students were in a two-vehicle crash Thursday morning involving a school bus and an SUV.
- The collision at Weaver Street and Haller Avenue occurred about 8:30 a.m.
- The SUV ran a stop sign at the intersection, DPS spokeswoman Jill Drury said
- Injuries to 1 student on the bus and 2 in the SUV are said to have been minor
- The substitute bus driver, Monique Ringer, was also transported to the hospital.
UPDATE @ 3:44 p.m. (Feb. 9):
On-board video has been released from Dayton Public Schools that shows the crash that ended with a school bus on its side last week.
The video shows students being thrown from their seats.
According to school officials, the driver, Monique Ringer, has not returned to duty as a bus driver as she is still recovering from her injuries.
Ringer struggled to free herself from her seat following the crash, school officials said.
UPDATE @ 9:51 a.m. (Feb 3.):
The Dayton school substitute bus driver involved in Thursday’s crash that ended with a Dayton Public Schools bus overturned has been identified.
Monique Ringer, 29, of Dayton was driving the bus with students on board when an SUV, carrying two teens, failed to yield to the bus and collided with it, according to a crash report.
The driver of the SUV was a 16-year-old male Dunbar High School student and his passenger was a 17-year-old female Dunbar High School student.
The students on the bus ranged from ages 6 to 14, according to the crash report.
The collision involving a Dayton Public Schools bus and an SUV caused the bus to topple onto its side.
One of the six students on the bus - a Longfellow Academy student - was taken to Dayton Children's Hospital.
Two Dunbar High School students, a male and female in the SUV, were taken to Miami Valley Hospital. One of them was driving the SUV.
The conditions of the students were not immediately available, although injuries were said to be minor.
The SUV ran the stop sign at Weaver Street and Haller Avenue, according to DPS spokeswoman Jill Drury, citing the school district's Safety Department. The accident occurred about 8:30 a.m., about a half-hour before Dunbar's first bell.
"The bus driver acted appropriately. She did everything she needed to do to get all of those kids off the bus," Drury said, declining to name the driver. "There was also a small fire on the bus, which was extinguished."
Photos show white chemical fire retardant was sprayed on the underside of the bus, near the rear tires.
Drury said the hard drive has been removed from the bus and officials are checking to see what video of the crash is available.
The SUV was headed south on Haller toward Dunbar, which is two blocks away. The bus was headed east on Weaver, which does not have a stop sign at the intersection. The SUV hit the bus on the left side, after which the bus toppled over and slid to a stop.
Bystanders witnessed a flurry of police, fire and medical activity. One man walked up to the scene about 9:30 a.m. and said he had a son who was on the bus. After he gave Dayton police his son's name, an officer indicated his son was OK, alleviating his worst fears.
Neighborhood resident Tyrone Bradley said one of those involved in the accident was a friend of his daughter, who attends Dunbar. The crash occurred less than a block from his Weaver Street home. He said vehicles speeding through the neighborhood have been a concern since he moved there about five years ago.
"This intersection here has been problems ever since I moved here," he said. "Cars go speeding down this street on a daily basis at rates of 50 miles per hour or more, and (drivers) don't realize that it's not a four-way, so you have accidents.
"It's just the traffic and the speeding of the cars that makes it very unsafe if you have small children - or just people in general that walk and go about their daily business," Bradley added.
Dayton police Maj. Eric Henderson said crews arrived a minute after the incident. One of the students on the bus attends Dayton Early College Academy, he said.
"We're fortunate there were no serious injuries," Henderson said. "Anytime you're dealing with a school bus and the safety of children, we're very fortunate there were no serious injuries."
DPS transportation and security personnel responded, notifying all parents of those involved, Henderson said. The police department's crash reconstruction unit was on scene shortly thereafter to investigate the cause.
"Hopefully, they'll be able to re-create what may have led to this crash," the major said.