On Monday morning, March 8th, the Ohio Highway Patrol responded to the scene of a two-vehicle crash in Liberty. The accident involved a 2016 Toyota SUV operated by Christine Aiko Twaddle, 31, of Meridian, Idaho, and a Community Bus Service.
According to OHP, two people sustained minor injuries from the accident. The crash occurred at about 8:15 a.m. on Belmont Avenue at Tibbetts Wicks Road intersection. Investigators said the Community Bus Service, a 2008 Thompson bus was southbound on Belmont.
The bus then collided with the westbound 2016 Toyota SUV that failed to stop for a red light signal on Tibbett Wick. The Toyota collided with the bus’s left side, and the impact forced the bigger vehicle to overturn on its side. The Thomspon bus traveled 50 yards south of the intersection.
The OHP said there was a substantial amount of debris at the intersection that they had to clear. They also diverted some early morning rush traffic on Tibbetts Road as the investigators processed the crash scene.
Sgt. Michael G. Wilson of the highway patrol’s Southington post said Twaddle was uninjured from the collision. The Toyota sustained heavy damage on the front-end and engine block. An adult passenger in the vehicle who remains unidentified suffered minor wounds. Medics conveyed the victim to Trumbull Regional Medical Center for treatment.
Wilson said there were nine students in the bus from the Liberty School District. The bus driver, Asia Jael Stubbs, 21, of Warren, and the students did not sustain any injury. An adult student aide passenger sustained minor wounds and received treatment at St. Joseph Warren Hospital.
The OHP cited Twaddle for failure to yield and distracted driving. Alcohol was not a factor, and the accident remains under investigation.
If you or a loved one have been involved in a traffic accident, contact an Ohio car accident attorney immediately.