School Bus Crash Kills Ohio Kindergartener

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Dresden, Ohio (AP) -- A school bus carrying seven young children went off a highway, hit a utility pole and flipped onto its roof, killing a kindergarten student in what authorities say is Ohio's first school bus fatality in 22 years.

The crash Wednesday morning near Dresden left the driver, 47-year-old Carol Oler, with serious injuries. Six students had minor injuries.

Authorities said 6-year-old Kasey King of Frazeysburg was killed. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

The bus was on its way to Nashport Elementary School, about 45 miles east of Columbus.

Mark Neal, superintendent at the Tri-Valley School District, called the accident a terrible tragedy for the community.

The State Highway Patrol says the last school bus crash that killed a child passenger was in Wood County in 1988.

(Copyright 2010 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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