2 in critical condition, 1 in serious condition after Parkland crash involving school bus

SUV hits 3 kids at school bus stop

LOUISVILLE (WHAS11) -- Two children are in critical condition and a third child is in serious condition Thursday morning, Oct. 20, after a crash involving a school bus in Louisville's Parkland neighborhood.

Metro Police say it happened around 8 a.m. at 32nd and Dumesnil. A Cadillac Escalade struck a total of three children, trapping at least one girl under the SUV. Two children were critically hurt and a third child is listed in serious condition. All three were rushed to Kosair Children's Hospital.

Family identified the two children critically hurt as siblings Vanessa, 9, and Joc Johnson, 10. Both are students at Dixie Elementary school.

The LMPD Traffic Unit has concluded that the driver of the SUV was traveling eastbound on Dumesnil and did not realize that the JCPS school bus had stopped. In an effort to avoid striking the bus, the driver swerved to the right side of the bus and did not see the three children on the sidewalk.

LMPD said the bus did have its yellow warning lights activated and was in the process of stopping to pick up children at a designated bus stop.

People in the area even tried to lift the SUV off of the girl that was stuck. 

The driver of the SUV was taken to University Hospital and is in serious condition. The driver will be charged with driving without insurance and registration.

Police said the children were waiting to board buses to Dixie and Engelhard Elementary Schools. The bus involved was stopped with flashing lights. No children were on the bus at the time of the collision.

The LMPD Traffic Unit is continuing its investigation. 


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