Several hospitalized after chain reaction crash involving JCPS school bus

By Mike Dever - email

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Two JCPS student involved in a Tuesday morning accident will be spending the night in the hospital. Thirteen students and three adults were taken to the hospital after a JCPS school bus was struck in the rear on Interstate 65 early Tuesday. It happened just before 9 a.m. in the northbound lanes of I-65 near the Fairgrounds.

According to JCPS spokeswoman Lauren Roberts, Bus #0508 was headed to Wheatley Elementary when it was rear ended by a dump truck.

Roberts says seven students were initially taken to Kosair Hospital.

The female bus driver was taken to Jewish Hospital and has been released. JCPS spokesman Ben Jackey says she has been a bus driver for five years.

Just before noon, a half-dozen other students who were on Bus #0508 and taken on to school were pulled out of class and sent to the hospital to be checked out after complaining of head, neck and pelvis pain.

"The students were complaining of 'my head hurts, my back hurts' - you know they may have hit their head on the seat in front of them ... it depends on how they were sitting on the bus," said JCPS Director of Transportation Rick Caple. "But again, my understanding is they were transported as a precaution."

LMPD spokeswoman Officer Carey Klain says a semi truck first struck the dump truck in the rear, knocking it into the back of the bus. A total of 16 students were on the bus at the time.

The driver of the semi was also taken to the hospital. No word yet on his condition.

The three vehicles are being inspected by LMPD's traffic unit. As of now, no citations have been issued.

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