After fatal crash, doctor says don’t pressure kids to talk

One dead after crash involving Milton-Union school bus. (WDTN, Mike Burianek)

WEST MILTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Thursday’s fatal crash involving a Milton-Union school bus has shaken the local community, and many are worried about the direct effect on the middle school and high school kids on that bus, as well as the entire school district.

Shortly before 7 AM, a 2007 Blue Bird bus full of kids was following the normal routine to get to school.

The chief deputy with the Miami County Sheriff’s Office says a car, which was most likely speeding and swerving while westbound on Ohio State Route 55, came crashing into that school bus head on.

Students watched the fatal crash  all unfold before them.

Dayton psychologist, Dr. Michael Williams described what kids may be feeling.

“They will be a lot more anxious and hyper, recognizing that danger, and even in fact fatal tragedy, is something that can happen in a moment,” he detailed.

The West Milton Superintendent tells 2 NEWS local pastors plus district counselors and staff were on hand to speak with students and the bus driver, who had not been identified.

Dr. Williams says how adults handle the next steps are crucial to the recovery process for these kids.

“I would not put a lot of pressure or a lot of focus on the event,” Dr. Williams recommended. “That’s only going to make it a little bit more, if not a whole lot more, traumatic to the child and I would try to help the child get back to whatever is the more normalized pattern and flow of their lives let them know things like that can happen.”

The psychologist says every child will handle the experience differently. Dr. Williams recommends adults keep a close eye on kids in the coming days to monitor whether the child is coping well.

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