School bus driver heading to work identified as victim in Bullitt County head-on crash
SHEPHERDSVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) – Officials in Bullitt County said a head-on crash Friday morning between two pickup trucks killed a Bullitt County bus driver who was headed to work.
The crash happened around 5:30 a.m. on Kentucky 44 at Douglas Drive.
Chief Deputy Alex Payne of the Bullitt County Sheriff’s Office said they don’t know the specifics about what happened, but they can say one of the pickups crossed the median into the path of the other.
The man killed was identified as Jason Benningfield, age 48. Benningfield was a bus driver for Bullitt County Public Schools for four and a half years.
“Jason was more than just a staff member here in BCPS; he was a mentor, a friend, and a guiding light for countless students and colleagues with whom he interacted on a daily basis,” BCPS said in a letter to families. “His dedication and commitment to our students reached not only those within our district, but our entire community.
During his time in our district, Jason touched the lives of many through his endeavors to provide the best experience for our students and families as possible. As we grieve this loss together, let us also remember the joy and positivity Jason brought into our lives. In the coming days, we will be working closely with his family to offer our support and ensure his memory is honored in a way that truly reflects the impact they had on our community.
We understand this news may be difficult for our students who saw his cheerful face each day to process; we are committed to providing the necessary resources and counseling to help them navigate this challenging time. Our school counselors and district support staff will be available to speak with any students who may need assistance; please encourage your child to speak with their principal if they would like to meet with a counselor. We encourage you to share your memories and stories of Jason as we pay tribute to his life and contributions.”
The district said they will be working closely with Benningfield’s family to offer support and ensure his memory is honored in a way that reflects the impact he had on the community.
School officials also said their counselors and support staff are available and encouraged students to speak with their principal if they would like to meet with a counselor.
Copyright 2023 WAVE. All rights reserved.