LETCHER COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — It was a scary morning in Letcher County with two separate bus crashes within half an hour Wednesday.
Letcher County Schools Superintendent Tony Sergent told LEX 18 that he believes one was due to muddy, wet road conditions on a winding road.
The first incident happened at a busy intersection and is under investigation. It occurred around 7:15 a.m., when a bus and car collided near the intersection of Kentucky Highways 15 and 931.
“There were no students on the bus. There was a driver and a monitor and those folks went to the emergency room and were checked out and from what we know there were no serious injuries there," said Sergent.
The second accident happened half an hour later on Kingdom Come Road. Sergent said that bus slid on mud that was covering the roadway and tipped over into the creek.There were 11 kids on board.
“We have such a tough terrain here. There’s so many of these little small one lane roads it’s impossible in the best of situations so it makes it really tough to navigate those roads," he said.
No one was hurt in that accident.
Sergent says that safety is a priority for the 60 percent of students who bus to school and that is why they canceled for flooding Monday.
"Certain locations I’ve seen pictures on Facebook. Yeah, I was concerned about it. To me, they probably should’ve waited another day to let school back in," said parent Justin Caudill.
The superintendent says both bus drivers face investigation and drug testing.
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