LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Eight students have been taken to the hospital following a crash involving a school bus and a minivan
According to Jefferson County Public Schools, 17 students from Indian Trail Elementary were aboard the bus when the crash happened at Rangeland and Ridgecrest Road in Newburg Tuesday evening.
JCPS said the eight students transported to the hospital suffered minor injuries. The bus driver is okay.
Carolyn Callahan, spokesperson for the district, said she was worried when she heard about the accident, but she's relieved that it happened in front of the Okolona Fire Department.
"I'm a mom. I have a child in elementary school and when you get that call, no matter what age it is, but when you get that call that a bus of elementary schoolers has been in an accident, your heart sinks."
Okolona Fire Chief Joe Hamilton said his crews quickly helped the eight children and made the other nine children feel at ease.
"It was probably a blessing in disguise because we were right there and responded immediately," he said. "They're very scared, which I don't blame them because it's a very scary situation. When I got here, they were all still on the bus and they were upset. Get them into a calm environment, talk to them, give them something to do and play with them and make sure their needs are met."
Hamilton said the occupants of the minivan were also taken to the hospital.
The Louisville Metro Police Department said the details of the crash are still under investigation.
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