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May 17, 2014 11:32 AM

Driver In Lincoln County School Bus Crash Dies

The driver involved in a head-on crash with a Lincoln County school bus earlier this month has died.

According to the Fayette County Coroner, 36-year-old William Otis Coleman died Saturday at midnight due to injuries sustained in the crash from May 7.

Police say a Lincoln County school bus crashed into the pickup truck head-on just outside of Stanford on KY-78 and Thornhill Lane around 7:50 a.m. Coleman had be cut out of the wreckage and was airlifted to the University of Kentucky Hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Kentucky State Police's initial investigation revealed the bus was traveling east on KY-78 toward Stanford when the driver, Judy Asbery, 44, swerved into the oncoming lane of traffic in an attempt to avoid colliding into the back of another bus that was stopped in traffic.

The bus struck Coleman's 2005 GMC Sierra that was traveling west on KY-78 head-on.

As LEX 18 Investigates found out through state audits, the bus involved in the crash was 20 years old and had more than 237,000 miles on it.

The documents show Lincoln County Schools has one of the oldest bus fleets in the state, and a recent inspection by the Kentucky Department of Education showed numerous problems with how buses are repaired and records are kept.

However, it's not clear if a problem with the bus played a role in the wreck.

28 students were taken to the hospital as a precaution. Lincoln County Schools Superintendent Karen Hatter said the students' injuries were minor and all of them were in stable condition. Some of the kids were transported by bus and several others by ambulance to Ephriam McDowell Regional Medical Center in Danville. One other was taken to sister Fort Logan Hospital in Stanford.

The middle school students were being transported from Hustonville Elementary to Lincoln Co. Middle School, police said.

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