More Patients Released After Bus Crashes Tuesday Carrying Waggener High School Students

Waggener High School students on a college visit were injured Tuesday afternoon in a bus crash on Interstate 64 near the Jefferson-Shelby county line.

Note: We’re updating developments from Tuesday bus crash below.

How many students were injured—and the extent of those injuries—is unclear, says Ben Jackey, a spokesman for Jefferson County Public Schools.

Several lanes of Interstate 64 in both directions were blocked early Tuesday, according to TRIMARC.

The Waggener students were visiting Eastern Kentucky University through a grant-funded early college program, Jackey says. Sixty students were on the trip, but they were split on two buses. It’s unclear how many students were aboard the bus involved in the crash.

The bus was chartered from Commonwealth Transportation, he says.

We’ll update when more information becomes available.

Update 414 p.m.: All Being Transported to Hospitals

There’s a bit of confusion on the numbers (more on that in a moment), but everyone on the bus that crashed is being transported to area hospitals, JCPS and MetroSafe officials say.

The injuries were “moderate to minor”—though a couple were initially considered critical at the scene, says Jody Duncan, a MetroSafe spokeswoman. 

The bus was carrying 42 students—all high school sophomores and juniors, Jackey says. 

(MetroSafe has aboard the bus 31 students, four chaperones and a driver. These things always hazy in the hours after an incident. Regardless, both MetroSafe and JCPS say everyone on the bus was taken to a hospital.)

The accident happened on westbound I-64 near the Jefferson-Shelby county line, Duncan says. 

Officials are working to notify the students’ parents.

Update 5:04 p.m.: Hotline Set Up for Parents to Call

Parents who think their child may be among the Waggener High students involved in Tuesday bus accident on I-64 can call (502) 574-2117, says Duncan, of MetroSafe.

Parents will be asked for information that would verify their relationship. They’ll then be told which hospital the child was taken to, Duncan says.

The injured were taken to several hospitals, including University of Louisville Hospital, Kosair Children’s Hospital, Kosair-Brownsboro, Norton Brownsboro, Suburban Hospital and Baptist Hospital East, Duncan says.

Update 5:16 p.m.: LMPD Says Six In Critical

Here’s info from LMPD’s news website:

2:35pm this afternoon LMPD’s 8th division received a report of a single vehicle injury accident involving a bus west bound on I64. LMPD’s 8th Division Officers, Traffic Units, Shelby Co. Police, Fire, EMS and EMA are on scene. Trimarc and State Hwy are on scene assisting with the roadways and traffic.

As this time there have been 31 patients, adults and teenagers, were transported to various area hospitals. 6 of the injured were transported to downtown Louisville to University of Louisville Hospital in critical condition. The remaining patients in non-critical condition were transported to U of L, Norton Brownsboro, and Kosair Childrens Hospitals with minor injuries and for precautionary evaluation.

Update Wednesday morning:

Kosair Children’s Hospital says all but two patients admitted there have been released.

Also, The Courier-Journal has a “dash cam” video of the bus crash. It’s frightening.

Update 9:45 a.m. More Patients Released

University Hospital took in 12 patients (one from another accident at the scene) and has released six of them. Nine were juveniles, three were adults.

They’re all in fair condition. Nothing life-threatening. 

Joseph Lord

Joseph Lord is the online managing editor for WFPL.

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