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Final Bus Crash Report Waiting On Toxicology

Michael Bodenbender, Henry County sheriff, said yesterday, Tuesday, the final report on the March 27 crash involving an Archbold school bus is not yet complete.

Bodenbender said Justen Vocke, Henry County sheriff deputy and crash reconstruction specialist, is waiting on the result of toxicology tests.

The report can only be released once the information is received, Bodenbender said.

A subpoena has been issued to the Fulton County Health Center, he said.

JoAnn Cousino, 57, rural Archbold, was driving a bus east on US 6, and was stopped in the 23000 block to drop off two children. There were two other children on the bus at the time.

The bus was struck from behind by a semi dump truck driven by Kelly Jay Braden, 48, Monroe, Mich.

The force of the impact ripped open the left rear corner of the bus. The semi tractor cab was ripped off the frame. Both drivers were treated and released at FCHC.

In an earlier article, Vocke said skid marks at the scene indicate Braden was “on the brakes hard” prior to the impact.

“There were very identifiable marks leading up to the crash from the semi,” he said.

In a related matter, Cousino was driving an Archbold school bus on Tuesday, April 16. The warning lights were flashing when it was passed by a sport-utility vehicle.

The incident occurred in the 300 block of Short-Buehrer Road about 7:34 am.

Archbold police are investigating that incident.