No passengers aboard as bus rolls

MOZART – An Ohio Valley Regional Transportation Authority bus carrying a driver and driver trainee Thursday dropped off the berm of Mozart Road and rolled over several times down an embankment.

The accident occurred shortly after 10 a.m. in the Mozart Road area of Marshall County. A witness who had been following the southbound bus said he noticed the bus move to the right side of the road to make room for an oncoming vehicle. Witnesses told law enforcement one of the rear tires slipped off the berm, causing the driver to lose control.

The 24-passenger bus rolled over at least two times before coming to a rest in a field. No passengers were on the bus at the time.

Several units from the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department responded, as did members of the Bethlehem Fire and Rescue squad. Neither man appeared to be seriously injured, but they were taken to a local hospital for treatment.

OVRTA Executive Director Tom Hvizdos, who responded to the crash scene, said buses have run the Bethlehem-Mozart area for at least 30 years.

“We are very fortunate that nobody other than the drivers were on board,” he said. “This matter will be investigated fully.”