Bus Goes Over a Hill

By FRED CONNORS

Senior Staff Writer

MOZART?-An Ohio Valley Regional Transportation Authority bus carrying a driver and driver-trainee dropped off the berm of Mozart Road and rolled over several times down an embankment.

The accident occurred shortly after 10 a.m. today in the Marshall County area of Mozart Road. A witness who had been following the southbound bus said he noticed the bus move to the right side of the road to make room for an oncoming vehicle.

“One of his rear tires slipped off the berm and he lost control when the second tire went over,” the witness said. “I could tell he was struggling to gain control but it was too late.”

He said the 24-passenger bus rolled over at least two times before coming to a rest in a field.

Several units of the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department responded as did members of the Bethlehem Fire and Rescue squad.

Neither man appeared to be seriously injured but they were taken to a local hospital for treatment. OVRTA Executive Director Tom Hvizdos, who responded to the crash scene, said buses have run the Bethlehem-Mozart area for at least 30 years.

“We are very fortunate that nobody other than the drivers were on board,” he said.

“This matter will be investigated fully.”

Several people on the scene commented about the need for a guardrail in the area where the bus dropped off the road.