Accident on U.S. Route 40 Involved West Muskingum School Bus

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ZANESVILLE, Ohio- The State Highway Patrol is investigating an accident involving a West Muskingum school bus.

It happened around 2:45 p.m. Monday on US Route 40 near Chapel Hill Road.

The State Patrol said 21-year-old Troy Young of Greenville, South Carolina was traveling west on US 40 in his gray BMW, when he struck the back of the West Muskingum bus driven by 65-year-old Roy Dalton.

A passenger in the BMW, 20-year-old Colt Rose of Somerset, was taken to the hospital where he remains in critical condition.

The school bus had 22 passengers on board at the time. There were no injuries on the bus.

“The school bus was actually passing a construction zone, a small construction zone, that was off on the berm of U.S. 40 about a half a mile before all of this happened,” Trooper Stephen Wager said. “Several reports that this BMW was traveling at a high rate of speed going through the school zone and coming up with the school bus had merged into the left into the right and at that point is when the car hit the back end of that and went underneath the bus.”

The Patrol said a third vehicle driven by 75-year-old Peggy Merton of Lancaster who was traveling east on US 40 was damaged when it was struck by debris.

The accident remains under investigation.