Ohio I-70 crash: Highschool mourns band members, dad and mom and trainer killed in multivehicle wreck

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College students stroll on the sphere throughout a group prayer vigil on the Tuscarawas Valley Colleges soccer stadium in Zoarville, Ohio, on Tuesday.


Sixteen NTSB representatives had been on the crash web site Wednesday, together with 9 investigators and two members of the company’s household help program.

Homendy stated investigators have information recorders from some automobiles, in addition to digital camera footage from others not concerned within the crash. The collision occurred an hour after one other crash that backed up site visitors on the interstate, she stated. On the motor coach, there have been no seat belts aside from the motive force.

“I’m a mother and I’ve a 15-year-old daughter,” the NTSB chair stated, sounding emotional at occasions. “And so after I have a look at the automobiles, or I have a look at the roadway situations … you’ll be able to’t not take into consideration the youngsters that had been concerned, their households.”

The scholars who died had been “brilliant lights lively who misplaced their lives means too younger,” the superintendent stated.

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Scene of the deadly five-vehicle crash Tuesday morning on Interstate 70 close to Columbus, Ohio.

The drivers of two different automobiles had been additionally taken to native hospitals, the state patrol stated.

Colleges within the district will stay open on Wednesday, Veransky stated, noting college students and workers might keep dwelling in the event that they wish to.

“We don’t need any youngsters at dwelling by themselves, so our doorways will probably be open,” he stated. “It is not going to be a typical college day. There will probably be many counselors and assist workers from different group organizations right here.”

At a Wednesday occasion marking the ninetieth anniversary of the Ohio State Freeway Patrol, DeWine requested for a second of silence and prayer for the victims and households affected by the crash.

“There is no such thing as a one in that group that isn’t feeling this ache,” the governor stated.

A workforce of NTSB investigators started analyzing the crash scene Wednesday morning and can seemingly spend a number of days on the scene making an attempt to find out how the crash unfolded, in response to Homendy.

Whereas it’s nonetheless unclear how the wreck unfolded, officers have a tough concept of the place the automobiles had been when the incident occurred, Homendy defined.

“The motorcoach (carrying college students) was touring westbound on I-70 close to Etna. Behind the motorcoach was an SUV carrying passengers that had been touring with the group within the motorcoach,” she stated. “They’d approached a site visitors queue that resulted from an earlier crash on I-70, and a tractor-trailer approached behind the SUV.”

The company’s workforce additionally contains two personnel who’re skilled to work with victims’ households and survivors after important occasions, she added.

CNN’s Ray Sanchez, Amy Simonson and Macie Goldfarb contributed to this report.

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