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York man killed in head-on crash involving school bus; no students or staff hurt

A York man died and another driver was hurt in a head-on crash near York that involved a school district bus, officials said.

John O’Kain, 45, died at the scene of the wreck, said Sabrina Gast, York County Coroner..

No students were on the York school district bus, police and school officials said.

The crash happened around 6:20 a.m. Tuesday on S.C. 49 near Branch Road, police, fire and school officials said..

A Ford pickup truck driven by a 31-year-old York man tried to pass the school bus northbound on S.C. 49 when it hit a Toyota sedan driven by O’Kain, said Lance Cpl. Gary Miller of the S.C. Highway patrol.

There were no passengers in either of the personal vehicles. The driver of the truck was airlifted by helicopter to a Charlotte hospital with injuries, said Domenic Manera, York Fire Department chief.

The bus was sideswiped in the wreck, said Miller. No students were on the bus at the time of the crash, said police and Tim Cooper, spokesman for the school district in York.

A driver and bus monitor were on the bus, Cooper said.

The bus sustained damage after the other vehicles crashed, according to Cooper and police.

No charges have been filed. The crash remains under investigation by the South Carolina Department of Public Safety Major Accident Investigation Team (MAIT).

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