LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - You can hear the
screams of children in the background of 911 calls made after JCPS bus 1250
collided with a car carrying three Butler High School students.
Caller: Somebody's ran into and flipped a
school bus on Lower River Road and Moorman.
911: Somebody's what?
Caller: They flipped a school bus. They ran
into it and flipped it.
Dispatchers took about 12 calls that morning
and at first had issues finding the intersection of Lower River Road and
Moorman Road because the dispatcher said she was spelling Moorman incorrectly.
911: Okay. Where is this at?
Caller: Lower River Road and Moorman.
911: Lower River Road and Moorman?
Caller: Yes. Right in front of Moorman
911: Okay. I don't have Lower River Road.
I've got, let me see if I've got River Road. Stay with me.
Dispatchers also indicate they
were getting calls the wreck was actually about 2 miles down the road where
Lower River Road turns into Watson Lane, something they clarified when the bus
compound called in.
911: Can you have the driver verify?
Caller: Yeah. Hold on. It's Lower River and
In total, 51 students in total were
taken to the hospital, but at the time of the calls it was hard to tell how
911: Were there any kids on the bus?
Caller: Oh yeah. They're all climbing
911: How many kids are on the bus?
Caller: Uh. Let's see. I'd say 20 or so.
911: Okay. We've already got them on the way.
Is there any serious injuries sir?
Caller: Well the Mustang that collided with
them is destroyed so I don't know if they're hurt or not. It looks like
somebody's still in the car.
911: Okay. So we think there's somebody
trapped in the Mustang?
Luckily though everyone who needed help that
day was released from the hospital with injuries that will heal.
Chief Operating Officer Michael Raisor said he believes the school system did
the best job possible with the information they were given. However, he says
the system is already looking into a system that sends a text message or
voicemail to parents in similar situations in the future.
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