More than a dozen injured when tow truck hits bus carrying OSU Hospital employees

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) – More than a dozen people were injured Friday morning when a shuttle bus carrying Ohio State Wexner Medical Center employees was hit by a tow truck.

It happened at the intersection of Olentangy River Road and John Herrick Drive around 6:45am Friday.

According to a crash report, the bus was traveling east on John Herrick Drive when it was hit by a truck traveling south on Olentangy River Road. Both drivers claimed they had the green light, but onboard video from the bus showed the bus enter the intersection on a green light changing to yellow, according to the report.

The driver of the truck was determined to be at fault, according to the report.

At least 17 people reported possible injuries and were taken to OSU’s Wexner Medical Center.

According to a message sent by Wexner Medical Center COO David McQuaid, the bus was taking staff members from the Carmack Road parking area to the medical center to begin their shifts.

Approximately 20 of our colleagues on the bus were injured and taken to our Emergency Department. Fortunately, none of the injuries were life-threatening. A few of our staff members were more seriously injured and continue to be monitored. They remain in our thoughts during this difficult time.

The safety and well-being of our staff and faculty are of utmost importance. We are saddened to share that earlier today a tow truck ran a red light and struck the side of a University bus that was transporting Medical Center staff members from the Carmack Road parking area to the Medical Center for their shifts. Approximately 20 of our colleagues on the bus were injured and taken to our Emergency Department. Fortunately, none of the injuries were life-threatening. A few of our staff members were more seriously injured and continue to be monitored. They remain in our thoughts during this difficult time.

During this holiday of giving thanks, we are extremely grateful that this accident was not even more serious and for the quick thinking and skills of the bus driver.  Our staff members who are working over this holiday weekend are sacrificing time with their own friends and families to care for the critically ill in our hospitals, and we are sorry for this very upsetting situation and especially for those who were injured. Please know that we will do everything we can to make sure they receive the very best care and treatment and know that they are valued members of our team.

Currently, the Columbus Police Department (CPD) is investigating the accident. As soon as their investigation is complete, we will share an update. I would like to personally thank Dr. Andy Thomas, Mark Conselyea, Jackie Buck and the many other team members who were on the scene and at the hospital helping since this accident occurred.

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