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86-year-old Louisville man identified as victim of Bullitt Co. bus crash

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The crash happened in the 7500 block of South Preston Highway near Belmont Road where the highway runs parallel to Interstate 65 just north of the Lebanon Junction/Boston exit. The crash happened in the 7500 block of South Preston Highway near Belmont Road where the highway runs parallel to Interstate 65 just north of the Lebanon Junction/Boston exit.
Bus 0854 was involved in the crash at 6:25 a.m. Bus 0854 was involved in the crash at 6:25 a.m.

BULLITT COUNTY, KY (WAVE) - An 86-year-old Louisville man died after rear-ending a Bullitt County Public School bus Friday morning as a student was boarding the bus, according to the Bullitt County Sheriff's Office. The victim was identified by the Bullitt County Coroner as Thomas Crowder.

A spokesman for the sheriff's office said bus 0854 was fully stopped northbound in a straight stretch of the 7500 block of South Preston Highway near Belmont Road where the highway runs parallel to Interstate 65 just north of the Lebanon Junction/Boston exit. The bus had its flashing air brakes, red lights, stop stick and front swing arm deployed.

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Shortly after a student loaded the bus at 6:25 a.m., a 2002 silver Mercury Grand Marquis rear-ended the bus. Witnesses reported hearing no breaking from the car, and roadway evidence supports the witnesses' accounts, according to Lt. Mike Murdoch, public information officer for the sheriff's office.

Crowder died instantly upon impact. The student in the process of boarding the bus was not injured, but five of the 11 students on board were taken to Jewish Hospital South in Shepherdsville with possible minor neck injuries, Murdoch said.

Attorney for Bullitt County Public Schools Eric Farris said all of the students were released from the hospital and doing alright physically. Emotionally, the students were very shaken up.

"Some of them were quite upset by the incident not because they were physically hurt but because they knew that it was so serious and there were likely serious injuries to the driver behind them," Farris said. "Most of them had never experienced something like that."

Counselors at schools will be utilized and they are prepared to bring in more if necessary.

The Bullitt County Sheriff's Office Collision Reconstruction Team is investigating the crash, but Murdoch said it appears the bus was operating correctly and the bus driver had fully deployed all available emergency equipment to warn drivers the vehicle had stopped.

Alcohol is not suspected, but Crowder's blood-alcohol level will be tested.

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