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Over Two Dozen High School Students Among the Injured in Kentucky Bus Crash

Nearly three dozen people were transported to hospitals in Louisville, Kentucky on Tuesday afternoon after a bus full of high school students and adult chaperones veered out of control and crashed into a concrete median on a Kentucky interstate. The Waggener High School students were returning from a trip to Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, according to Jefferson County public schools spokesman Ben Jackey. Jackey stated that the students, all juniors and seniors, were participating in a program that gives students the opportunity to visit college campuses.

Among those transported to local hospitals were thirty students and four adults, including the driver of the bus. Barbara DiMecurio, director of emergency services at University of Louisville Hospital, stated that the injured were taken to five different hospitals in the area and all were reported to be in stable condition by Tuesday evening. Maggie Roetker, a Norton Healthcare spokeswoman, said that twenty-one children were taken to three of the company’s hospitals and four remained in the hospital as of Tuesday night.

Police are investigating whether mechanical failure, including tire trouble, is to blame for the accident. A dashboard camera from a nearby truck showed video of the bus unexpectedly veering across the three left lanes of travel and into a concrete median. The crash occurred around 2:30 p.m. near the Jefferson-Shelby county line on the westbound side of Interstate 64. There was another bus transporting Waggener High School students from the college visit, but that bus returned safely to the Louisville school. Andrea Clifford, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokeswoman, said there was another accident on the opposite side of the interstate near the bus crash.

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It is fortunate that in this instance all of those who suffered injuries in the bus crash are reported to be in stable condition. Bus accidents can often be even more catastrophic than automobile accidents or accidents involving other motor vehicles. The injuries caused in these accidents can be very severe, such as traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injuries, or even wrongful death, as chartered buses do not come equipped with passenger seatbelts. Passengers can get thrown into walls and tossed into the aisle. Additionally, when mechanical defects are present in a bus, the results can be horrific because buses are so large and have an incredible amount of weight and power behind their movement. The Fort Lauderdale motor vehicle accident attorneys have been working with victims of serious accidents for over twenty years. The Coral Gables personal injury attorneys have the experience and knowledge that it takes to get you the compensation that you deserve. If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a bus crash, call (305) 661-2008 today for your free consultation.

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