July 28, 2014

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Bus driver improving after crash

AMHERST TWP. — The condition of the bus driver critically injured Friday in a crash on the Ohio Turnpike is improving.

Robert Wilburn II, 25, was in good condition at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland on Sunday. Wilburn was eastbound in a Lakefront Lines bus headed from Fremont to New York at 10:25 p.m. when he collided with a Ford Expedition driven by Cynthia Dent, according to Sgt. Richard Reeder of the Ohio Highway Patrol’s Milan post. Dent, 39, of Detroit, was killed in the crash, which caused a chain reaction involving four or five other vehicles.

Sgt. Brian Gockstetter of the Milan post said the Expedition was stationary when struck, but troopers are still determining whether it was involved in a crash prior to stopping. He said the bus traveled east about a 1.5 miles after striking the Expedition before stopping against the median by the Vermilion Valley Plaza. Gockstetter said he couldn’t verify a television report that Wilburn was knocked unconscious and a passenger or passengers steered the bus into the median to stop it.

Ten people were hospitalized in the crash, said Herb de la Porte, vice president of LifeCare Ambulance.

Gockstetter said troopers continued to interview accident victims Sunday and expect to have more information today.

“We’re still determining how many crashes occurred,” he said. “It’s a big puzzle that is not easy to solve with as many vehicles as were involved.”

Contact Evan Goodenow at 329-7129 or egoodenow@chroniclet.com.