Dozens injured in school bus crash, fatality ID’d

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Dozens were injured and one man was killed, when a school bus collided with two other vehicles Friday morning.

The crash happened at Route 173 and Kilbourne Road near Wadsworth at about 8 a.m. Friday. The bus was going westbound to the Newport Elementary School, and a Jeep Wrangler was heading southbound. A Jeep Cherokee was also hit.

The driver of the Wrangler was killed. He was identified by the Lake County Coroner as 62-year-old Philip Smith of Beach Park.

Initially, Lake County Sheriffs officials said the bus may have run a red light; but, at a news conference Friday afternoon, they said there are conflicting witness reports as to whether the light was red or not. A traffic light was only installed at the intersection in the last year, officials said.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Department is doing urine and blood tests on the female bus driver as part of standard operating procedure.

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