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Driver hospitalized after crash involving school bus in Liberty Township

Lakota School bus crash in Liberty twp
Posted at 4:23 PM, Jan 30, 2023

LIBERTY TWP., Ohio — A school bus was involved in a crash at the intersection of Lesourdsville West Chester Road and Hancock Road in Liberty Township, according to Butler County dispatch.

According to the Butler County Sheriff's Office, 53 Lakota Local Schools children were on board bus no. 122 traveling from VanGorden Elementary when the crash happened. Three students reported injuries. One was taken to Cincinnati Children's Liberty Township campus with minor injuries. The other two were treated at the scene and went home with their parents. The bus driver was not injured.

The driver of a Nissan Altima also involved in the crash was taken to the hospital with what the sheriff's office referred to as "life-threatening injuries." According to the sheriff's office, the driver was trapped for roughly 30 minutes before being freed by firefighters who responded to the scene.

Parents were asked to pick up students who were on the bus at VanGorden Elementary School; families of students who required medical attention after the crash were notified, the district said.

"Please do not report to the scene of the accident," Lakota Schools said in a message to parents. "Our number one priority is the safety of all our students and staff. Please stay clear of this area for the safety of all. We will continue to communicate updates as we know more."

WCPO will update this story with more information as it becomes available.

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