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Published: Thursday, 8/26/2010

1 man hurt seriously as semi hits school bus

DELTA, Ohio - A tractor-trailer driver was in serious condition after the rig he was driving collided with a Swanton school bus in central Fulton County on Wednesday afternoon.

Seven Swanton school district students who attend a multiple disabilities class in Wauseon, their school bus driver, and their aide suffered minor injuries.

The collision was reported to the Ohio Highway Patrol just before 3 p.m. at U.S. 20A and State Rt. 109, west of Delta in York Township.

The tractor-trailer was traveling south on State Rt. 109 and failed to stop at a red light at the intersection, hitting the bus that was eastbound on U.S. 20A, Lt. John Altman said.

The Swanton Local Schools bus carried students ranging in age from 11 to 18 from their class, which is hosted by Wauseon Exempted Village Schools for all such Fulton County students.

All seven youths, along with the bus driver, Kelly Harlett, 40, of Swanton, and an aide, Lisa Elrod, 41, of Wauseon, were taken by ambulance to Fulton County Health Center in Wauseon.

The Highway Patrol identified Ed Kinsman, 57, of northcentral Fulton County's Chesterfield Township as the driver of the tractor-trailer. He was flown to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center from the health center.

The tractor-trailer was operated by K & L Trucking, which has an office a quarter of a mile from the crash scene. Tom Ramey, head of maintenance for K & L, said Mr. Kinsman has worked 10 years for the company.

"He's a very good person, he's got a clean driving record. I was shocked," Mr. Ramey said.

The crash remained under investigation last night.

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