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Gravity and the planets

September 30, 2012

A three-car collision caused an Olentangy school bus to crash into a ditch Wednesday afternoon, according to the Delaware Post of the State Highway Patrol.

The at-fault driver, 45-year-old Joshua L. McDonnell, was transported to the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

About 50 to 60 students were traveling in the bus at the time, but none experienced major injuries, according to the patrol. The bus was just outside the Shanahan Middle School when the collision took place on Shanahan Road east of U.S. 23 in Delaware County.

The patrol reported that McDonnell, driving a minivan, rear-ended a Jaguar that had stopped to let the bus pass. The Jaguar was consequently pushed into a Mercury Mountaineer, which had also stopped for the bus. The minivan bounced off the Jaguar and hit the bus, causing both vehicles to slide into opposite ditches.

McDonnell was cited for “assured clear distance.”

Traffic was backed up for about an hour an a half, according to the patrol. The students’ parents were advised to pick up their children.