Alcohol & Drugs Not Suspected in Bus Crash

by Emily Baird on September 21, 2010 at 8:05 am

The Zanesville Post of the State Highway Patrol says a 20-year-old man who went left of center and struck a Tri-Valley School Bus did have work privileges to drive.

Donald Binckley III did have OVI tags on his car as a result of two previous convictions, but Lt. Steven Rine says Zanesville Municipal Court did grant Binckley work privileges last Friday.

"Just entails to and from work so you can provide necessary funding to pay any suspensions or provide the necessary money for your family or your expenses, " says Lt. Rine.

Lt. Rine says after speaking with Binckley’s co-worker, he determined the Zanesville man had just gotten off a shift from 8 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. While a final cause has yet to be reached, the Zanesville Post says it was also able to determine that drugs and alcohol are not suspected factors in the crash.

The accident is still under investigation, but Lt. Rine says there are only a few items left to finalize. He says the investigation is moving a lot more quickly than last June’s fatal bus accident.

"This was a little bit lighter damage. The bus performed the way it was supposed to. It wasn’t a rollover, just the number of kids and the serious nature of the injuries to the kids," says Lt. Rine.

The Zanesville Post is waiting to take a statement from Binckley, who still remains in critical condition at Grant Medical Center in Columbus.