Intersection of bus crash has history of problems


by Chelsea Rabideau

Posted on September 28, 2012 at 11:53 PM

Updated Saturday, Sep 29 at 12:01 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS1) – Friday morning, a school bus crashed at Lower River Road and Moorman. There are stop signs on Moorman, but none for traffic to stop on Lower River Road.

Residents and other drivers say the area is just not safe. Certainly weather contributed to this crash, but these neighbors say it’s what they always feared would happen.

Brandy Payton lives just down Moorman Road from the intersection at Lower River Road, the site of the terrifying bus crash. She says this area is notorious for the careless drivers speeding down the road.

“It’s sad to say, but I wasn’t surprised at all. It was just a matter of time before something like that happened,” Payton explained. “The people just speed extremely too fast, they don't pay attention, it's like everyone's in a hurry. And, a lot of people don't pay attention to the stop sign and it's kind of where the trees and stuff are, it's kind of hard to inch out, so I think a lot of people would just try to hurry up and come through the stop sign without even paying attention to the oncoming traffic."

Police say a red mustang full of high school students was traveling on Moorman Road when it slid through the stop sign, slamming into the driver’s side of the school bus, hitting it near the front tire. The bus then rolled on its side.

When Payton was considering moving to this neighborhood several years ago, it was her husband’s experience at that very same intersection that almost stopped her.

“He was coming down from that way and was going to turn into Moorman and he got rear ended by someone that was driving too fast on Lower River and they just, they couldn't stop in time,” Payton said.

Bob Heuglin has noticed the same problem. He’s even used his position on the Metro Police Citizen Advisory board to bring attention to it.

"So, I think with some stepped up speed checking over there by Louisville Metro Police department that we can get that under control," Heuglin said.

Until then, Payton won’t be taking any chances with her family.

"That's one reason why my daughter doesn't ride a bus, is because I've seen the way the busses are treated on the roads and I would rather her be in my car and me just take her than for her to be on a bus and me have to sit and worry like the parents did this morning," she explained.

The speed limit on the road is 45, but it’s not uncommon for people to disregard the posted limit. Payton said 45 is even too high. She wants it dropped to 25 because of how many families live in the area and because of the narrow roads.