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Driver Exits Rest Stop in Wrong Direction, Sends Six To Hospital

A driver who exited a rest stop in the wrong direction on US 33 west of Wapakoneta caused a head-on collision with a bus transporting special needs passengers Friday morning, sending six to the hospital.

Troopers report that the driver and four passengers in the We Can Too Opportunity Center bus were all wearing seat belts and, while all were transported to the Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, none of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening.

According to the report, Terence K. Kaiser, 46, of Celina, exited the westbound rest area headed eastbound in a 1994 Chevy Lumina into oncoming traffic on the four-lane highway near Glynwood-New Knoxville Road about 8:20 a.m. He then struck the Ford E-450 bus, driven by Jason Germann, 38, of Wapakoneta, head-on, causing it to spin and come to a rest blocking both westbound lanes. The Kaiser vehicle came to a stop north of the highway.

Kaiser was transported by squad to the hospital in St. Marys, and was later taken to St Rita’s Medical Center in Lima. Several local squads were called in and took Germann and his four passengers to the St Marys hospital. The passengers' names were not released.

The westbound lanes of US 33 were closed for about an hour following the crash.

Kaiser was cited for failing to obey a traffic control device. Troopers said that alcohol was not suspected to be a factor in the collision.

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