WATCH: RTA driver who slammed into parked cars on paid leave

Published: Monday, March 05, 2018 @ 5:52 PM

LISTEN: 911 call released after RTA bus slams into parked vehicles on Troy Street in Dayton.

UPDATE @ 8:32 a.m. (March 7):

The RTA bus driver who crashed into several parked cars on Troy Street in the early morning hours Monday is on paid leave following the crash, according to The Greater Dayton RTA.

Bus driver Lisa Harmon was hired by RTA on Nov. 13 last year and completed her operator training on Jan. 11.

RTA said they are currently waiting for results from a post-crash drug and alcohol test.

UPDATE @ 4:40 p.m. (March 6):

New video released to this news organization shows the driver of an RTA bus does not appear to be on a phone prior to a crash into multiple parked cars, despite a 911 caller reporting to dispatchers that she was.

A Dayton police crash report shows that “no distractions” were reported in the crash.

UPDATE @6:27 a.m. (March 6):

A RTA passenger was taken to Miami Valley Hospital after the bus crashed into several parked cars on Troy Street early Monday morning. 

A second passenger on the bus was not injured, according to a Dayton Police traffic report. 

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The driver was identified as Lisa G. Harmon. She was issued a citation.


We're working to find out more about an RTA bus accident on Troy Street early Monday where the bus damaged at least three parked vehicles. 

A video taken from the camera aboard the bus shows the coach as it slams into the rear of one parked vehicle in the 700 block of Troy Street about 12:30 a.m. Monday. 

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The coach continues on, forcing the first vehicle on top of the next vehicle parked in front of it. 

The driver of the bus was on the phone, a caller told a 9-1-1 operator. 

"A bus hit my car and another car," she said. "Please be quick." 

The woman told the operator that no one was in her car or the second car that was hit. 

"He hit very bad," she said of the RTA bus. "Please be quick." 

Jessica Olson, a spokeswoman with RTA, said any information beyond the video of the crash would have to be obtained from Dayton police.

We will update this developing report as we learn more. 

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Gates open at the 2018 Vectren Dayton Air Show

Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 9:00 AM

Blue Angels show off jet at Air Show

Gates are now open for today’s 2018 Vectren Dayton Air Show.

The first acts take to the skies at noon and fly through 4:15 p.m.

Today’s lineup of feature flying acts include: the Tuskegee Airmen, P-51 Mustang, U.S. Army Golden Knights, Vicky Benzing, B-17 Movie Memphis Belle, Redline, Sean Tucker, U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor, U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight, CareFlight dedication, Tora Tora Tora, Jet Waco and the U.S. Navy Blue Angels.

Gates close at 6 p.m., and will be open again from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

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Dayton Air Show parking lots in good shape so far this year

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 10:23 PM

Dayton Air Show parking lots in good shape so far this year

The organizers of the 2018 Vectren Dayton Air Show say with all the rain this week, they do not want a repeat of the mess from years in the past.

All of the mud has caused problems in the past years, causing vehicles to get stuck and having to be pulled out of the muddy parking lot. 

Roger Doctor, the air show’s public safety director, admits he has underestimated the mud before, but this year he’ll actually be sending drivers to test out the ground in the morning before the show. If it’s too muddy, they have a back-up plan where drivers will park on the other side of the airport, which has room for 6,000 vehicles all on pavement.

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“I’m just sure we’re going to have a much smoother time than we did last year. We’ve got a great plan. It’s a thorough plan. And lots of buses, that’s the big thing. They have to be able to move a lot of people in a very short amount of time,” said Doctor. 

Additionally, electronic signs will reflect any changes to the Dayton Air Show, but so far the lots are in good shape.

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RTA offers express shuttle service to Dayton Air Show

Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 1:50 AM

The Greater Dayton RTA will provide transport to the Vectren Dayton Air Show this weekend.

Air conditioned buses will run an express shuttle service on a continuous loop from the U.S. Air Force Museum parking lot and Wright Stop Plaza directly to the air show's main gate. 

>>Dayton Air Show forecast

The park-and-ride service will run Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Shuttles will leave from each location approximately every 10 minutes. 

Cost for a round-trip ride is $3, children five and under are free. Cash is the only payment method accepted. 

The regular fare structure applies from the downtown Wright Stop Plaza location. 

For more information, call 937-425-8300 or visit

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Storms to weaken, taper off tonight

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 3:34 AM
Updated: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 11:00 PM

Some rain is expected at times this weekend in the Dayton area, which could have an impact on the Vectren Dayton Air Show.


  • Mild for the weekend 
  • Isolated flooding and damaging winds possible
  • Few showers and storms into the evening

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Tonight: While a few showers may linger overnight, for the most part the rain should taper off. More dry time is expected as temperatures drop into the middle 60s.

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Saturday: Mostly cloudy, mild and still a little muggy with the chance of a few passing showers or isolated storm. A little bit of a breezy afternoon with temperatures in the upper 70s. Some breaks in the clouds Saturday night with temperatures dropping into the lower 60s.

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Sunday: Partly sunny and warm with the slight chance of a passing shower. Most of the area will remain dry with highs in the lower 80s.

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Monday: Mostly sunny and comfortable. Temperatures rise into the lower 80s.

>> 5-Day Forecast

Tuesday: Partly cloudy and warmer. Highs in the middle 80s.

Wednesday: Partly sunny skies with showers and a few storms developing. A warm and muggy day with temperatures climbing into the upper 80s.

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