Last student released from hospital following JCPS bus accident


by WHAS11

Posted on October 1, 2012 at 3:25 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 1 at 3:38 PM

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The last student hospitalized after a serious JCPS bus accident has been released from Kosair.

As of Sunday morning, one child remained at Kosair Hospital in good condition following the JCPS bus crash that happened early Friday morning. On Saturday morning, one child was listed in critical condition and five more remained at Kosair Children's Hospital. The child in critical condition and four others were released by the end of the day on Saturday.

Many of the kids had cuts, scrapes and bruises on their arms, legs, neck and back. Some cut themselves on glass shards after the crash. One boy broke his collarbone.

Some parents are threatening to pull kids from Frost Middle School after concerns about the 40 minute bus ride from the Portland neighborhood.

Fifty-two people in all were involved -- 48 students on the bus, three Butler High students driving the Mustang that slammed into the bus, and the bus driver. None were hurt seriously.

JCPS officials said bus #1250 was t-boned on Lower River Road at Moorman Road by a red Ford Mustang that had three Butler High School students inside. Apparently, the vehicle slid through a stop sign, crashed into the bus and caused the bus to flip onto its side around 7 a.m. Friday morning. JCPS originally reported the vehicle as a truck, but WHAS11's Brooke Katz confirmed the vehicle that hit the bus was a red Ford Mustang.

Photos: JCPS bus accident

Fourty-eight students were aboard the bus headed to Frost Middle School. Officials said all of them were transported to area hospitals as a precaution, but six of those student did sustain significant, non life-threatening injuries and they were taken to Kosair Children's Hospital.

The three high schools students from the Mustang were also transported to the hospital. Police say the driver of the mustang will not face any charges because the accident appears to be weather related.

JCPS officials said the bus driver refused medical treatment. JCPS COO Michael Raisor addressed the public at 11:30 a.m. and said Frost Middle School is operating normally.

Raw video: JCPS news conference

He said emergency responders and JCPS staff acted professionally in a situation that could have been a tragedy.

"EMS assessed the situation, provided JCPS a list of student names and at that point JCPS began notifying parents," Raisor said.

According to Raisor counselors were on hand Monday for students.