OBETZ, Ohio (WCMH) – A vehicle caught fire after it crashed into a school bus and one person was hospitalized early Friday morning southeast of Columbus.
According to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, a mini van ran into the back of a Groveport Madison school bus at the intersection of Alum Creek Drive and Groveport Road, just south of Interstate 270 in Obetz. The crash, which occurred at around 6:45 a.m., caused the car to catch fire.
According to the FCSO, a 2005 International Groveport Madison School bus was stopped at a traffic signal facing southbound on Alum Creek Drive when it was struck by a 2005 white Dodge Caravan. Five students and two adults, including the driver, were reportedly on the bus and were able to get out safely and with no injuries.
The driver of the car was taken to Grant Medical Center in critical condition with unspecified injuries. He was pulled out of his car by an Army National Guard serviceman, who stepped in to help.
Alum Creek Drive remained closed in both directions as of until just after 10 a.m. and the eastbound exit off of I-270 to Alum Creek Rd. is also now open, according to the Ohio Department of Transportation.
The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate the crash and asks that anyone with additional information is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office Crash Investigation Unit at 614-525-6113.