I-75 crash involves buses with high school football team; 8 taken to hospitals

WEST CHESTER TWP. — Eight people were taken to local hospitals after a crash involving three school buses transporting Colerain High School’s football team to a Friday night game in Mason.

The first-round playoff game was delayed one hour and did not kick off until 8 p.m.

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The crash happened in the northbound lanes of Interstate 75 near Cincinnati Dayton Road just after 5:20 p.m. when the three Northwest Local Schools buses reached stopped traffic, according to a release from the Hamilton Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

“The lead school bus stopped abruptly, which led to a chain reaction crash involving all three school buses and a Ford pickup truck,” the patrol said.

Seven of the eight people injured were students, four of whom were taken to Cincinnati Children’s Liberty Campus, West Chester Twp. officials said.

Colerain athletic director Matt Stoinoff said in a statement one coach also was taken to a hospital. Stoinoneff said the coach and players were transported “as a precautionary measure.”

Students who were not injured were transferred to other buses and taken to Mason.

Mason football players had a group-led prayer for the Colerain students affected by the crash.

The crash remains under investigation.

Mason won the game, 14-7.

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