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Updated: School bus accident temporarily closes Route 68 near Bellefontaine

An unloaded school bus and a car crashed on Route 68 south of Township Road 190 (near Tracemore Lane) Tuesday afternoon around 1:50.

The Logan County Sheriff's Office report that James Johnson, 38, of Urbana, was driving a 2015 Chrysler 300 southbound on 68 when he went left of center and struck a northbound 2011 Urbana City Schools bus operated by David Deskins, 68, of Urbana.

The bus went off the west side of 68 and struck a concrete stone post.

The car went off the east side of 68.

Johnson suffered serious injuries.

He was transported by MedFlight to OSU Medical Center.

Deputies are trying to determine if he was wearing a seat belt.

Deskins, who was wearing his seat belt, was not injured.

His passenger, Brooke Perry, 40, of Urbana, had minor injuries.

She was transported to Mary Rutan Hospital by Macochee Joint Ambulance District.

Both vehicles suffered heavy damage.

Route 68 was closed for over an hour.

Charges are pending.

The West Liberty Fire Department assisted at the scene.

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