School year begins with multiple bus accidents


by Claudia Coffey

Posted on August 21, 2013 at 4:11 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 21 at 6:27 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- JCPS is only into its second day of school and already there have been three school bus accidents.

Two minor and one injury accident; The latest was Wednesday, morning, Aug. 21, sent seven students to the hospital, they have all been released. 

It's the third school bus accident in 24 hours.  The latest accident occurred Wednesday at 8 a.m.

Seven elementary school students were sent to the hospital after their JCPS bus got into an accident on Brownsboro Road.  JCPS bus 0157 was hit by another car while turning left onto Brownsboro Road from Birchwood Ave.

"Everyone needs to be driving careful,” one JCPS Parent said
"I know they are on pins and needles to keep everyone safe."

Also on Wednesday morning, another school bus, JCPS bus 1218 was involved in a minor traffic accident at 20th and Broadway when a truck clipped the side view mirror of the bus. There were 21 students on board, but no one was injured. On Tuesday, a bus was involved in a hit and run accident on Dixie Highway.  No injuries were reported.

JCPS spokesperson Ben Jackey said they take all accidents seriously.

"I think parents need to know the safety and security of our students is the most important thing that we look at every day and before they are being educated," Ben Jackey, JCPS spokesperson, said. “When you take a closer look, the number of school bus accidents has actually decreased in recent years, with the exception of last school year, when the numbers increased. Still, the majority of the time, the driver was not at fault," Jackey said.

Here’s how the numbers break down.

In the 2010-2011 school year there was 250 accidents. In 2011-2012, 231 accidents were reported and the 2012-2013 numbers increased slightly to 249 accidents.

With 962 buses on the roads driving 100,000 miles a day, Jackey said it's important to remember that all school bus accidents are being reported, whether they are minor or major.

"I think it is important for people to know there is a cumulative effect when you have a news chopper over them, even when there are not injuries and sometimes when there are not students on the actual bus," Ben Jackey, JCPS spokesperson, said.

Still, every accident is investigated. With the school year just beginning, parents and JCPS can agree that it needs to be a safe one.