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Neighbors hope bus wreck leads to changes at intersection

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Burton Reed Burton Reed
The road where the bus crashed. The road where the bus crashed.
Tire makes still remain at the scene. Tire makes still remain at the scene.
Crews fixing the wreck site. Crews fixing the wreck site.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - All 51 students taken to the hospital after Friday's school bus wreck in Valley Station have been released from the hospital.

The last student left Kosair Children's Hospital on Monday was the Butler High School student who was driving the Ford Mustang that hit the bus. Louisville Metro Police said at this point it was his car that hit the bus in area neighbors say is very dangerous.

If you you're not paying attention when you pull up to the intersection of Moorman and Lower River Roads, the people who live there will tell you it's easy to miss the big red stop sign. "Most of the time the shrubs are grown up around it and if you're not familiar with the area you probably don't see the sign," said Burton Reed. He's lived at the intersection long enough to know and unfortunately to see too many who didn't. "In 16 years that I've lived here, I can't count the accidents they've had here. Some were really bad."

The crashes have gotten the attention of the state in the past who say the sign post now is more than 10 inches larger than those in a typical intersection in the hopes it prevents wrecks.

Whether the Butler student driving the car that hit the school bus Friday couldn't see it is still under investigation. LMPD said at this point his failure to yield was what caused the crash that sent him and 50 other students to the hospital.

Seeing the mess of the yellow bus across from their homes makes Reed and all his neighbors think even more should be done. "Hopefully something will happen now. I don't know a caution light or (something)."

To get one of those the state said they look at wrecks at the site over a 12 month period. The last time they did that at Moorman and Lower River Roads, Andrea Clifford with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says they found all those wrecks were caused by driver error and not something the engineer could necessarily fix.

Clifford adds they are concerned to hear how many kids were injured last week and say the state will be researching the issues in the area again.

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