TUSCARAWAS, Ohio — Tuscarawas Valley School District remained in session on Wednesday, the day after a charter bus, carrying 54 students and chaperones, was involved in a fatal accident that left at least six people dead including three students, a teacher, and two school chaperones.

What You Need To Know

  • OSHP confirmed there were five vehicles involved in the crash including the bus, two commercial vehicles and two passenger vehicles

  • Three of the victims were students, one was a teacher, and two were chaperones for the trip

  • vigil for the victims was held at the school's football stadium Tuesday night

The Ohio State High Patrol confirmed there were five vehicles involved in the crash including the bus, two commercial vehicles and two passenger vehicles. Tuscarawas Valley Local Schools Superintendent Derek Varansky confirmed three of the killed were students: senior John Mosely, 18, senior Jeffery Worrell, 18, and sophomore Katelyn Owens, 15. 

Dave Kennat, 56, a teacher at the school, and parent chaperones Kristy Gaynor, 39 and Shannon Wigfield, 45, were also killed. Wigfield also served as a teacher at Buckeye Career Center. 

At least 18 others were injured and taken to Columbus-area hospitals following the crash. Two remained hospitalized Wednesday night in serious condition.

"Though difficult, school will be in session tomorrow. We do not want children home alone, yet we respect students and parents who wish for their child to remain at home," Varansky said in a letter to the school community. "Counselors and support staff from many community organizations and neighboring districts will be on site tomorrow to support students and staff as we grieve this loss."

A vigil for the victims was held at the school's football stadium Tuesday night. 

"I encourage us to stay strong, united, and supportive of one another in the days and weeks to come," Varansky said. "Please keep the families in your thoughts and prayers. Please be in touch with any of us here at TV anytime if we can be of service or support to you and your family."

Bob Alsept, superintendent at the Buckeye Career Center, said it has been a difficult 24 hours but the center's classes are also still in session. He said they have counselors, social workers, community members and even service dogs available. 

Alsept said they are working with their students to get them through this difficult time.

A crisis hotline can be reached at 330-343-6631, or the state's helpline can be reached at 988.

The crash remains under investigation by the Granville Post of the OSHP.