Alcohol and speed are believed to be factors in a Tuesday evening crash involving a RTA bus and four other vehicles that left several injured, including two children with life-threatening injuries, according to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.
The crash happened around 6 p.m. on Tuesday in the area of North Main Street at Julia Avenue in Harrison Twp.
According to press release, a preliminary investigation revealed that a Cadillac Deville was southbound on North Main Street when it went left of center in the area of Julia Avenue, striking another vehicle. The Cadillac then struck the RTA bus that was northbound, causing it to veer off the right side of the roadway. The bus then reentered the roadway and collided with a minivan that was also going northbound.
Both the RTA bus and minivan traveled across northbound and southbound lanes, then down an embankment into the lot of an Auto Zone parking lot on North Main Street. The RTA bus then collided with another vehicle parked in the lot before coming to a stop just outside the front doors of the store.
The driver of the Cadillac was transported to Grandview Medical Center and the front passenger was transported to Miami Valley Hospital, both with serious injuries. The injured children were also in the Cadillac.
The RTA bus driver, the driver one of the vehicles, and a passenger were taken to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries.
The crash remains under investigation by the Montgomery Count Sheriff’s Office Traffic Services Unit.