Police investigating JCPS bus accident; four students taken to hospital

By Marisela Burgos - bio | email

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Louisville Metro Police officers are investigating a bus accident, which sent several students to the hospital.

The accident happened around 5:30p.m Wednesday at the intersection of 26th and Madison Streets. According to LMPD Spokesman, Dwight Mitchell, the JCPS school bus was driving North on 26th Street and as it turned left onto Madison Street, it hit a Ford Escape SUV that was headed South on 26th Street.

According to JCPS officials there were 11 students on bus #0636 and four of them were taken to Kosair Children's hospital -as a precaution. JCPS Transportation Director, Rick Caple, said students complained their heads or elbows hurt. He said it did not appear to be serious injuries. He also mentioned the bus came from Bloom Elementary School.

Mitchell, with LMPD, told WAVE 3 the four students had minor injuries. He said two adults, who were in the Ford Escape SUV, were taken to University Hospital.

Keith Goff said he was a passenger in the Escape, but was not taken to the hospital.

"I'm going to live. The only thing {is} my head hurts and I got a couple of bruises," Goff said.

Goff said he, another passenger, and the Escape's driver had come from the hardware store when the accident happened. "The bus turned in front of us {and} BAM," he said.

Michael Jones said he was driving behind the school bus and witnessed the accident. "I was just sitting in the driver's seat and {thought} 'I don't believe this. {there is} going to be an impact'. Then, WAM," Jones said.

"The bus turned directly in front of the black car about that much distance. When the bus turned in front of it and there was no way to hit your brakes," Jones described.

Jones said he stopped his car in the middle of 26th street to help. "{I} went to the bus to see if {there were any kids hurt} to try to help them kids," he said. According to Jones a nearby medic also helped as Jones called 911.

At this time, the Louisville Metro Police Department is investigating. Mitchell said it is too early to tell whose at fault. Goff called it an unfortunate accident. "I'm glad none of these kids are hurt," he said.

Once LMPD completes its investigation, JCPS Spokeswoman, Lauren Roberts, said they will conduct an accident review.

According to hospital officials, all students have been released from the hospital.

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