CLEARFIELD – On May 20 and the days that followed, emergency responders, law enforcement, medical personel and others came forward to help with a tragic bus accident on Interstate 80 that claimed two lives.
Two people, Jin Zhou of Kent, Ohio, and 30-year-old Mei Jiao Lin of Brooklyn, N.Y. were killed in that accident, according to a previous GantDaily story, and many others suffered injuries ranging from minor to severe. Those injured were transported to Clearfield Hospital and Altoona Regional Medical Center. It was reported that the driver lost control while negotiating a left turn. The bus overturned and came to rest in the median.
On June 5 the Clearfield County Commissioners officially recognized those groups and people.
“It was an incident of tremendous magnitude,” said Rex Read, commissioner chairman.
Read went on to state that sometimes people do not realize how many people are involved when disasters occur.
“The county plans diligenty for these events,” said Read.
Read also mentioned one man, Du Hua, a resident who was awakened in the night and asked to act as a translator.
“This shows the training these organizations go through,” said Mark McCracken, county commissioner. “It shows what dedicated people we have in the community.”
The Clearfield County Commissioners recognzied the Hyde Volunteer Fire Company, Penfield Volunteer Fire Company, Lawrence Township Fire Company, Cleafield-based state police, DuBois-based state police, PennDOT District 2 Hyde Division, the Clearfield County Coroner’s Office, Clearfield Hospital, the Clearfield County District Attorney’s Office, Clearfield Emergency Management Services, DuBois EMS, Philipsburg EMS, Curwensville EMS, Madera EMS, Stat MedEvac of Pittsburgh, Clearfield County 911, Clearfield County Emergency Management Agency, Fullington Auto Bus Co. and Du Hua.