Jennifer Edwards Baker reports:
Six victims from the weekend Greyhound bus crash on Interstate 75 remain hospitalized this morning.
The number stood at eight as of Sunday but, sometime overnight, a patient was discharged from Atrium Medical Center in Middletown, and another was sent home from Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, hospital spokeswomen said.
The six people hospitalized are all expected to recover from injuries they suffered when the bus overturned on northbound Interstate 75 just north of Ohio 129 in Liberty Township at 3:50 a.m. Saturday.
In all, at least 35 of the 51 passengers were hurt.
Six people were flown to hospitals. Most of the passengers suffered injuries to the head, neck and back.
Two remain in fair condition this morning at Bethesda North Hospital in Montgomery, said Mike Mattingly, hospital spokesman.
Late Sunday, one patient was in stable condition at University of Cincinnati Medical Center.
One patient remains in each of the following hospitals: Atrium Medical, Miami Valley and West Chester.
Their conditions are not available.
Their names will not be released until the end of the week, when the Ohio State Highway Patrol plans to release the crash report and preliminary cause of the accident, said Lt. Ed Mejia, commander of the Hamilton post.
Patrol officials and the Butler County Sheriff’s office are investigating, and U.S. Department of Transportation officials also plan to inspect the bus today. The vehicle is being stored at Nick’s Towing in Sharonville, Mejia said this morning.
Troopers have spoken with the bus driver, but they plan to check today with Greyhound officials to confirm the people on the bus.
They also want to view surveillance video footage from the bus in the minutes leading up to the crash, Mejia said. If Greyhound doesn’t voluntarily release it, the patrol will obtain it via subpoena, he added.
“There is still a lot of follow-up to do on this,” he said. “Something this complicated will take time to put together.”