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TOLEDO, Wash. —  A school bus carrying a high school soccer team flew off Interstate 5 Tuesday night and came to rest about 75 feet down an embankment.

Lewis County firefighters said after they received a call about the crash at 10:05 p.m., they found the bus positioned with its wheels down at the bottom of the exit 63 Interchange embankment at State Route 505 and I-5.

The bus was carrying members of the Toledo-Winlock High School Soccer Club, who were returning from a game from the
Vancouver, Wash., area.

In addition to the driver, 32 players, two managers and two coaches were on board.

Some of the victims suffered superficial injuries and did not require transportation to the hospital.  Additional buses from the Winlock and Toledo school districts were called to transport the students to their respective schools.

The cause of the crash is under investigation by the Washington State Patrol.

Firefighters said the driver should be credited for keeping the bus upright and preventing a more serious crash.

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NILES - A bus driver who was placed on suspension after an elementary school student was left sleeping on a parked school bus had numerous offenses on his driving record prior to being hired by the school district.

 According to a driver history record provided by the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles, Gary M. Brian, 62, had 14 driving offenses between 1995 and 2010. The Niles School District hired him as a bus driver in 2009.

Offenses include multiple speeding convictions as well as improper signaling, failure to control, operating unsafe vehicle, passing in violation of a posted sign or pavement marking, and violation of a traffic control device or sign, according to state Motor Vehicles records.

Interim Superintendent Frank Danso said he was not aware of the convictions on Brian's driving record and was not the acting superintendent when Brian was hired.

Danso said a full background check is performed on all school district employees prior to their employment and pending approval by the board. He said he could not confirm whether the former superintendent or board members were aware of Brian's driving record when he was hired.

Former superintendent Rocco Adduci, now the principal of LaBrae High School, declined comment.

Former superintendent Mark Robinson said he recalled Brian being one of three drivers hired the year before he took the position of superintendent following Adduci.

"All bus drivers in Ohio have drug and alcohol checks before they are hired,'' Robinson said. ''I would think that the driving record would have been looked into at the employment time.''

Danso said if official documentation affirming Brian's driving offenses is presented to him or the board, district attorneys would have to review the information to determine what affect it may or may not have on his employment.

About two weeks ago, an elementary school child was found sleeping on a bus inside the bus garage after the other children had been taken home. The driver was unaware of the child and had already left the garage when workers inside the garage found the child, according to reports.

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DUBLIN, Ohio -
A Dublin City School bus driver, whom a judge found guilty of drinking and driving months ago, is still driving dozens of kids to and from school.

For the past three months Stacy Marcum, of Dublin, has gotten behind the wheel of a bus with an OVI on her record.

Court records show the 32-year-old was charged with OVI and speeding December 1.

Perry Township police say they approached her vehicle at the intersection of Bethel and Dierker roads. In the police report an officer stated Marcum smelled of alcohol, she failed her walk and turn test. Officers say she also failed her one-legged stand test and at the police department she refused a BAC test.

Marcum was found guilty in early January after she pleaded no contest.

NBC4's Denise Alex contacted Dublin City Schools to find out why Marcum is still driving a school bus. Public Information Officer Doug Baker wouldn't do an on-camera interview but emailed a statement saying the reason is that Marcum still has a valid Ohio driver's license and CDL.

Baker went on to say, "if a bus driver is convicted of an alcohol related driving offense, and subsequently loses an operator's license, the district would take appropriate disciplinary action."

"They should suspend her pending an investigation.. You know that's reasonable. That protects everybody.It protects her rights as well," said Dublin Resident Mike Keith.

NBC4's Denise Alex talked with Stacy Marcum Monday night, she said over the telephone that she wasn't going to discuss anything.

Court records show Marcum completed a Maryhaven Exploring Sober Alternatives program, on her own, not school mandated.

She will be sentenced in two weeks.

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PIKETON, Ohio - Brenda Beattie of Piketon says a one-lane bridge near their home has been an accident waiting to happen.

Tuesday, her prediction came true when a school bus crashed into part of their home on Jasper Road. It also damaged the family pick-up truck.

Beattie said, at first, she thought it was a thunderstorm, but soon found out it was a different kind of rumble.

"Thankfully she hit the truck because it kind of helped stop her because we had propane tanks right next to it. The truck is completely totaled it was rammed into the house," said Beattie

The Pike County sheriff's office said the Piketon local school bus had no kids onboard when the driver and a Jeep Cherokee tried to cross the one-lane bridge at the same time.

Beattie told 10TV she has lived along the road for 20 years, but said over the last several years, the bridge was turned into one lane. It makes passing dangerous, she said.

She told 10TV that everyday school buses share that one-lane bridge with both cars and lumber trucks. Beattie said that it’s time for officials to do something to make the bridge safer.

"Don't wait until we have a catastrophe because it could have been a catastrophe today. If there had been children, there's no doubt in my mind, if there had been children on the bus, we would have had some children getting hurt" said Beattie.

We're told the Jeep's driver was taken to the hospital with minor injuries and is expected to be cited.

At the time of this writing, the Pike County Board could not be reached for comment.

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