Driver in crash with Lakota school bus in critical condition

LIBERTY TWP. — A school bus crash in Lakota Schools Monday left three students with minor injuries and a driver of a another vehicle remains hospitalized after he was cut out of his car.

The crash happened around 3:45 p.m. near the intersection of Lesourdsville-West Chester and Yamasee roads in Liberty Twp.

The accident involved bus No. 122 departing from VanGorden Elementary and one other vehicle, Lakota officials said.

According to a statement released Monday evening by the Butler County Sheriff’s office, the driver of the car was entrap in the wrecked vehicle, which struck the left front portion of the bus.

“Upon the arrival of the deputies there were two vehicles involved, a Lakota school bus and a silver Nissan Altima. The bus had 48 students and one driver on board. The Nissan was occupied by one male driver, who was entrapped in the vehicle.”

“The driver had been mechanically extricated and was transport to UC West Chester Hospital, then to UC Main (medical center) campus with life threatening injuries.”

“The driver of the school bus was not injured. Three students reported injuries. Of the three, two were treated at the scene and released to there parents. One student was transported to Cincinnati Children Liberty Township campus with minor injuries.”

VanGorden Elementary school families whose children were on the bus were alerted soon after the crash by district officials and told to come to the school to pick up their children.

Multiple fire and EMS crews responded to the crash, said dispatchers.

Photojournalist Nick Graham contributed to this story