Residents: Dangerous intersection to blame for school bus accident


by Karma Dickerson

Posted on January 8, 2013 at 7:05 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 8 at 7:21 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Residents in the Clifton Neighborhood shudder to remember Monday’s rush hour accident at Brownsboro Road and Dresher Bridge when a school bus pulled in front of a car, crashing, and critically injuring the other driver.

“It sounded like a bomb going off you can see all the police literally looked like a war zone," neighbor Vicky Valentine said.

While they tell WHAS11 the crash was out of the ordinary, what led up to it was not.

“I hear it all the time. People lock their breaks up, but I never hear the bang, yesterday we heard it," Shawn Weltman said.  He has worked at the corner of Dresher and Brownsboro Road for nine years, he agrees with residents who say it's always been a dangerous intersection due to high speeds and blind turns.

“You almost have to kinda guess, you may not see a car coming at that right instant so you want to pull out thinking that you're good but all of a sudden you get half way out and you see another car coming”, neighbor Chase Valentine said.

The road has actually undergone changes recently.  The site of Monday's accident is the end point of this summer's "road diet" project, the effort to slow down traffic on a nearly half mile stretch of Brownsboro Road between Melwood and Dresher.

“They changed it to one lane each direction and the center lane is just for turning, its rough”, neighbor Henry Riegel said.

“I don't think it worked as good as it should have, they put two lanes into one lane and tried to bunch them on one road, they should have just kept it into one road”, Weltman said.

Police are still investigating the cause of the crash.  So far they say the bus driver appears to be at fault.  However, a Louisville fire and rescue spokesperson acknowledged that the layout of the intersection could also be a factor in the accident.

“Any intersection like this, anyone in the city, all the ones that have a similar set up like this are prone to have this type of incident”, Captain Salvador Melendez, Louisville Fire and Rescue said.

With that in mind, residents want to see more changes to get what they see as a threat to public safety under control.

“I don't think what they designed is working right, I think there needs to be more lights and caution, something where it's going to get your eye”, Valentine said.