RTA bus crash: What we know now


An RTA bus and four other vehicles were involved in a crash that left several injured on Tuesday.

The crash occurred around 6 p.m. Tuesday in the area of North Main Street at Julia Avenue in Harrison Twp. Here’s what we know so far about what happened:

1. What exactly happened?

According to press release, a preliminary investigation revealed that a Cadillac Deville was traveling southbound on North Main Street when it went left of center in the area of Julia Avenue, striking another vehicle. The Cadillac then struck the RTA bus that was northbound, causing it to veer off the right side of the roadway. The bus then reentered the roadway and collided with a minivan that was also going northbound

PHOTOS: RTA bus crash involves multiple injuries

Both the RTA bus and minivan traveled across northbound and southbound lanes, then down an embankment into the lot of an Auto Zone parking lot on North Main Street. The RTA bus then collided with another vehicle parked in the lot before coming to a stop just outside the front doors of the store.

2. What caused the crash?

Both alcohol and excessive speed are believed to have been factors in the crash, according to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

Further details have not yet been released and the crash remains under investigation this morning by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Services Unit.

MARCH MADNESS: Win or lose, Wright State sees big benefits in NCAA tournament bid

3. How many people were injured?

Multiple injuries were reported as a result of the crash, leaving two children, who were transported to Children’s Medical Center, with life threatening injuries.

The driver of the Cadillac was transported to Grandview Medical Center and the front passenger was transported to Miami Valley Hospital, both with serious injuries. The injured children were also in the Cadillac.

The RTA bus driver, the driver one of the vehicles, and a passenger were taken to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries.



Reader Comments


Next Up in Local

Oakwood schools warn parents about attempted abduction
Oakwood schools warn parents about attempted abduction

Oakwood schools warned parents tonight about an attempted abduction in the city. The Oakwood Safety Department at 5:30 p.m. began an investigating after a 12-year-old girl reported she was approached by a man she did not know who asked her to get in his vehicle near the intersection of Shafor Boulevard and Hadley Avenue, according to Oakwood schools...
Dayton Convention Center Task Force presents recommendations for center’s future
Dayton Convention Center Task Force presents recommendations for center’s future

The Dayton Convention Center Task Force finished its list of recommendations for the center’s future. The task force will share its finding with the City Commission during a meeting tomorrow night at City Hall. Dayton leaders created the task force last year, which has operated with a budgetary loss since 2012. Three years ago, Crossroad Consulting...
Car hits pole, then crashes into Perry Twp. house
Car hits pole, then crashes into Perry Twp. house

Speed is a possible factor in a crash that injured two people and knocked out power to four houses tonight after a car struck a pole and then a house near New Lebanon. John Kyser, New Lebanon Fire Department Assistant Chief, said the driver refused treatment and that her child, whose age and gender was not released, was trapped in the vehicle following...
Over 200 teddy bears donated to Dayton Children’s in honor of Mercer Co. girl who drowned
Over 200 teddy bears donated to Dayton Children’s in honor of Mercer Co. girl who drowned

More than 200 stuffed animals were donated to Dayton Children’s Hospital yesterday in honor of a Mercer County girl who drowned in 2016. Earlier this month, Celina City Schools held a Teddy Bear drive for Joyful Jade. Jade Riggs was 10-years-old when she drowned in a river by Grand Lake St. Marys. Investigators say she wandered away from home...
Local lawmaker wants to raise penalties for drivers who don’t stop for school buses
Local lawmaker wants to raise penalties for drivers who don’t stop for school buses

A Miami Valley lawmaker is striving for new legislation after News Center 7 reported last month on drivers failing to stop for school buses.  State Rep. Niraj J. Antani, R-Miami Twp., held a press conference Tuesday to discuss his proposed bill that would raise penalties for drivers who don’t stop for school buses.  “We want drivers...
More Stories