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January 10, 2013

School bus, truck involved in crash

CORBIN — By Jeff Noble, Staff Writer

A crash involving a Knox County School bus with 27 children on board, and a pickup truck at the junction of KY 830 and KY 1232 east of Corbin, made a lot of parents nervous Wednesday afternoon.

There were no injuries to the children aboard and to the bus driver.

Only one person was injured. That was the driver of the truck, who suffered cuts to his left arm and was treated at the scene. The names of the drivers were not released by officials as of Wednesday evening.

Officials with Knox County Schools said the bus — number 411 — had left Lynn Camp School and was taking children home on its routes in the Moore Hill area when the crash happened.

It occurred at 3:10 p.m. at an intersection that people living in the area say is a dangerous one.

It’s where KY 1232 (also known as Old Highway 25, or the Barbourville Road) crosses Right Fork East Creek Road (KY 830). The small stretch of Right Fork East Creek Road going up to the Corbin Bypass (KY 3041) is also known as Indian Oaks Drive. As KY 1232 picks up KY 830 and goes east, the road goes underneath the bypass and past the Tri-County Golf and Country Club.

According to Knox County Sheriff’s Deputy Chad Wagner, the school bus came down on Indian Oaks Drive going toward the intersection when it came to a stop, proceeded to pull across the intersection and pulled in front of a blue Chevy pickup truck on KY 1232. The truck hit the bus and went down an embankment, just under the overpass of the Corbin Bypass.

When asked about the crash, Wagner said, “It’s typical for this intersection, with no caution lights.”

The school system’s emergency management team, made up of assistant principals and transportation department officials, immediately went to the scene of the accident.

By 3:45 p.m., Knox County EMS personnel had checked most students, who appeared to have no injuries.

The school district’s public relations director, Frank Shelton, said all students were visually examined before they were dismissed from the scene as part of the district’s procedures.

A bus was sent to the scene by the school system to load the students and continue the route. The parents of all the students on the bus were notified by the school district.

Wagner continues to investigate. He was assisted at the scene by Kentucky State Police Post 10 in Harlan, the Knox County Sheriff’s Office and two crews from the Knox County EMS.

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