Family music group's tour bus overturns on I-70 East ramp to I-270 North

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Police say the I-70 East ramp to I-270 North is back open on the west side after a band's tour bus overturned.

It happened around 11:30 p.m. Thursday in west Columbus.

The bus belongs to the musical group, The Duttons. The family bluegrass band is based out of Branson, Missouri, and was on their way to New Jersey when the bus crashed.

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Four of the 23 family members that were involved in the bus crash say their bus can be replaced, as can some of their precious instruments that were destroyed on impact, but they are eternally grateful that everyone in the Dutton family is going to be ok.

The driver, 81-year-old Dean Dutton told police that he didn't think the ramp was such a hard turn and that he was traveling too fast to make the curve.

"That moment when it flipped over, that was pretty scary because it was with so much force," said Shiela Dutton.

Everything and everyone inside the bus was turned upside down and it took dozens of first responders to free the family, some were even pinned inside.

Responders used the Jaws of Life to free two people who were pinned. All 23 members were taken to the hospital with four admitted. All of them are expected to be OK.

"Just this feeling of overwhelming gratitude just flooded over me because everyone was ok," Shiela said. "It was a really bad accident and we were all okay."

One person is still in the hospital to be treated. The rest of the band is on their way to New Jersey.

Authorities were able to reopen the ramp around 3:00 a.m. Friday.