Here are some of today's stories from around the area, including a two-school bus crash in Cleveland, a Good Samaritan rescues a 15-month-old from a Canton crash and an Ohio contracting group is suing the city of Akron.
BUS CRASH: Two Cleveland school buses crashed Thursday morning at about 7 a.m. near East 71st Street and Hough Avenue, sending two drivers and 12 students to area hospitals with minor injuries, according to the Northeast Ohio Media Group. One of the buses was carrying students to Daniel E. Morgan and Wade Park schools, while the other bus was taking students to three charter schools. The cause of the crash is unclear. Click here to read more at cleveland.com.
GOOD SAMARITAN: Though a father his three-month-old daughter died after their vehicle crashed into a Canton creek Wednesday, a bystander who jumped in to help may have saved another daughter's life, according to NewsChannel5. Around 10 p.m. a family in a 2000 Chevy Tracker went over a bridge on I-77 in Canton and landed in the Nimishillen Creek below, killing Dennison-resident Paul Guthrie. Bruno Gregg was driving by when the accident occurred and immediately stopped to help. Gregg cut 15-month-old Emelyn Guthrie out of her seat, but could not find 3-month-old Gabriella Guthrie in the vehicle. Gabriella and her mother Kymberlie Guthrie were rescued from the car by Canton police and firefighters, but Gabriella later died at Akron Children's Hospital. Kymberlie Guthrie was listed in critical condition at Akron General Hospital and Emelyn was listed in stable condition at Akron Children's. A 4-year-old white American bulldog/pit bull mix named Aspen went missing from the crash. Click here to read more at newsnet5.com.
AKRON CONTRACTING: The Ohio Contractor's Association — a Columbus-based, not-for-profit group representing Ohio contractors — is suing the city of Akron in federal court, saying that the hiring requirements to work on Akron's estimated $1.4 billion sewer project is unconstitutional, according to the Akron Beacon Journal. The city is requiring contractors to hire 30 percent for their employees from within the city this year to work on the project, and will increase that number by 5 percent until it reaches 50 percent in 2018. Contractors who wish to work on the Rack 15 storage basin project must accept that threshold to seek work on the project. The suit was filed Tuesday and the parties met before Judge Sara Lioi Wednesday afternoon. Click here to read more at ohio.com.
OIL AND GAS WELLS: The Center for Health, Education and Justice (CHEJ) has filed a petition with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the removal of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources as the primary agency in charge of regulating oil and gas Class II injection wells, according to the Alliance Review. Theresa Mills of the CHEJ, who spoke at the the Kent Presbyterian Church Monday as a guest of the Kent Environmental Council, explained that the ODNR receives money for the permits issued for injection wells and has issued 234 permits across the state. Mills compared this to Pennsylvania, who has nine wells, Michigan, which has 15 and New York which has none because those states require governor approval and a longer wait time for permits. Mills also pointed out that the legislature only demands injection wells be drilled 50 feet below the lowest drinking water aquifer, while the industry suggests 100 feet, as well as other points of concern. ODNR has announced stronger permit conditions this month in response to recent earthquakes in Youngstown. Click here to read more at the-review.com.