By MELISSA TOPEY
Seven people suffered bumps and bruises Friday when an intoxicated Columbus man driving a charter bus full of students to Cedar Point swerved off the road.
Trooper John Maxey said Ronald L. Williams, 46, smelled strongly of alcohol. His blood alcohol concentration later tested at .103.
He was charged with child endangering, failure to control, operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, and operating a commercial vehicle without a commercial driver’s license.
The crash occurred at 8:35 a.m. on Ohio 4, south of Ohio 547.
Williams drove a 2000 Ford owned by Columbus-based Eastern Horizon, one of the charter buses for Urban Express Transportation. Employees who answered the phone would not comment and hung up. The bus was part of a caravan taking students from Heritage Middle School in Hilliard to Cedar Point.
It veered off the left side of the road, near a wooded area, and hit a deep ditch. Williams managed to steer the vehicle back on the road. Debris from the wreckage of the undercarriage could be seen scattered about 75 feet down the road.
Maxey said Williams might have fallen asleep at the wheel.
Twelve children, most of whom were 12 or 13, and two adult chaperones were on the bus that crashed. Seven of the children suffered minor bumps and scrapes and were treated at the scene. One adult had a back injury and was treated at Fisher Titus Medical Center in Norwalk.
The other buses continued to Cedar Point.
Williams remained Friday in the Huron County jail on a $4,000 bond.