County school bus involved in crash

18 middle and high schoolers on board, unharmed

State Journal staff report, Published:

Eighteen middle and high school students were on board a school bus Tuesday morning when it was involved in a weather-related accident.

Sheriff Pat Melton said it happened just after 7 a.m. on Flat Creek Road as the students were headed to Bondurant Middle School and Western Hills High School.

Melton said the back end of the bus began to slide on the road and a tree limb broke through one of the windows.

Franklin County Public Schools Superintendent Chrissy Jones and Assistant Superintendent Charley Preston said the bumper was also dented in the accident.

No one was hurt. Melton called it a “very minor” crash.

“She (the bus driver) was trying to get out of the way of a passing vehicle,” Jones said.

Jones said the back end of the bus slid into a tree, which caused the damage to the bus.

“It was a very slow speed,” Jones said. “It’s a very narrow road out there.”

Melton said students were transferred onto a new bus, sent to the scene by the school system.

Preston and Jones said it’s protocol to exchange buses for any type of accident.

Local law enforcement reported a total of 16 weather-related incidents on the roadways during Tuesday’s approximately two-hour snowstorm, including the bus accident.

Frankfort Police Capt. Robert Warfel said there were eight incidents on city roadways between 7:30 and 9:30 a.m.

These incidents included both non-injury crashes and calls for motorist assistance.

Sheriff Pat Melton also reported eight incidents for county and state roadways, occurring between 7:45 and 9:45 a.m.

Melton said roads looked to be cleared by around 11 a.m.

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  • Or at least a two hour delay. Hey Roy maybe you could go down an open a 55 gallon drum on her rotflmbao.

  • Superintendent Chrissy Jones should have called school off in the first place.