LMPD investigating after Commonwealth bus crash on I-64 west


by Amy Stallings


Posted on June 11, 2013 at 3:28 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 12 at 8:32 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Emergency crews responded to a multiple-injury accident on Interstate 64 west near the Jefferson/Shelby County line Tuesday afternoon involving a chartered bus loaded with Jefferson County Public Schools students. 

The accident happened around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday when a Commonwealth Bus Service bus was transporting students from Waggener High School home from Eastern Kentucky University.

Images from the scene

LMPD spokesperson Alicia Smiley said the bus had some kind of a mechanical problem that caused the bus to swerve and crash in to the center median. Smiley also said investigators at the scene are looking in to whether or not there was a tire that failed.

Karma Dickerson at University Hospital

JCPS officials said 60 students were aboard two charter buses. The students, who are part of the early college program, were returning from a visit at EKU. Commonwealth bus #450 loaded with 30 10th and 11th graders and four adults is the bus involved in the accident. All 30 students and the bus driver were transported to area hospitals with various injuries.

Raw viewer video seconds after crash

Dr. Glenn Franklin, a trauma surgeon at University Hospital, said 13 people, including the bus driver,  arrived at the hospital and five or six more were in transit. He said six of the 13 patients were treated in Room 9. Hotline Number for parents to call to find out information about their child:   (502)574-2117.

Coverage from Waggener High School

We also received a report at least two students were taken to Kosair Children's Hospital Brownsboro and six to Norton Brownsboro with minor cuts and bruises.

One of the children transported to the hospital was a juvenile from a white car that was involved in a separate accident in the eastbound lanes of I-64.