DELPHOS — Twenty-eight seniors and 3 chaperones from Delphos Jefferson High School had their senior trip to New York City cut short Monday after their bus drove off an embankment while traveling through Pennsylvania.
According to a report provided by the Pennsylvania State Police, at 5:45 a.m. Monday, a bus from Toledo-based Childers Charter and Tour was eastbound on Interstate 80 at the 218.4 mile marker in Liberty Township in Montour County when driver Gordon R. Ooten, of Defiance, left the south side of the roadway, broke off a light post and crashed down a 40-foot embankment near the Montour County rest area.
The report stated six passengers reported minor injuries. All of the passengers were transported to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pennsylvania for treatment and clearance.
“Geisinger Medical Center has been fantastic with them,” said Delphos Superintendent Kevin Wolfe. “They provided them with food, chargers for their phones and care.”
Wolfe said the senior trip was cancelled after the accident. All passengers have been released from the medical center and are returning home, he said.
Ooten was cited for failing to drive within a single lane.
“We’re just thankful and blessed everyone is okay,” Wolfe said.
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