More than 50 people injured when tour bus flips onto its side in Hart County

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by News release and WHAS11

WHAS11.com

Posted on June 6, 2012 at 8:02 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 4 at 11:15 PM

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WHAS11) -- One person is being treated for serious injuries, but 54 other tour bus passengers escaped with scrapes and bruises after a bus landed on its side early Wednesday evening.

The group was just seven miles into a field trip from Cub Run to Washington, D.C. when the accident happened.

Kentucky State Trooper Jonathan Biven said the driver of the bus, Timothy P. Saum, 49,  of Evansville, Ind., failed to properly negotiate a curve on KY 728, a service road leading to I-65.  The bus left the right shoulder and landed on the passenger side.

 

Thirty-four elementary school students, 20 adults and the driver were on board.  Biven said their injuries all range from soreness to bumps and bruises on necks, arms and legs.

After being checked out by one of the area hospitals, one passenger was airlifted to University of Louisville Hospital with a possible broken back, wrist and collapsed lung.

 "We're thanking God right now and so is the Cub Run community and so is the Hart County Community, lots of phone calls saying tonight at church they were praying for these kids and these adults," Hart County Schools Superintendent  Ricky Line said.

Biven said there were no life threatening injuries, and, students and adults are being treated at hospitals in Elizabethtown, Leitchfield and in Larue County.

"I think the good Lord was looking down on these students as well as the adults today. For us to have 55 people involved in a tour bus collision and no fatalities, the good Lord was looking after them," Biven said.

Biven said it was a was "a non school sponsored field trip" and "the investigation is still ongoing." 

 

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