A Jefferson County Public School (JCPS) bus was involved in a traffic accident in Louisville on Monday, February 25, 2013. According to authorities, the bus involved in this crash was Camp Taylor bus number 0856, and the wreck took place around 8:35 a.m.
The bus driver was headed down Hill Street toward Preston Street when a vehicle turned into the front of the school bus, according to JCPS Spokesperson Ben Jackey. There were 43 students on board the bus at the time of the accident, and eight children were transported by EMS to an area hospital for medical care.
The following morning, an auto accident in Lexington occurred near a school bus; however, the bus was not actually involved in this wreck. Police stated that a school bus had stopped along Old Paris Road, and a passenger car stopped for the bus. However, another car didn’t realize the forward vehicle had stopped and locked up its brakes. Then, a third car hit the second vehicle as well as a tree. That driver was injured in the traffic accident and taken by EMS to an area hospital for treatment.
These recent accidents should remind all drivers to be on the lookout for school buses and know how to drive around school buses in order to protect the children on those buses. Kentucky road rules when driving near school buses include:
- Vehicles behind school buses are required to stop when the bus stops on a two-lane or four-lane highway for loading and unloading
- Vehicles need to be prepared to stop if they’re behind a school bus approaching a railroad crossing
- Vehicles traveling in the same direction as a school bus are never to pass it
The Law Office of Schachter, Hendy & Johnson would like to wish everyone injured in these Northern Kentucky traffic accidents full and fast recoveries, and we would like to remind all drivers to be more aware of school buses on the road.