Child dies in bus accident
Posted: Tuesday, May 17, 2011 9:03 pm
A school bus crash Monday in Carlisle County, Ky., resulted in the death of a 6-year-old student returning from a school field trip.
The crash occurred about 1:40 p.m. while a Carlisle County school bus was traveling west on U.S. Highway 62 near Cunningham, Ky.
The Kentucky State Police reported the school bus was carrying 27 first- and second-grade students as they returned from a school trip near Paducah, Ky.
For unknown reasons, the bus left the right side of the roadway and traveled on the grass-covered shoulder. It then returned to the roadway and began to rotate counter-clockwise before rolling over into a steep embankment on the south side of U.S. Highway 62.
A 6-year-old boy was pronounced dead at the scene.
Sixteen children and an adult were transported to three area hospitals for various injuries, while the bus driver was airlifted to a hospital in Cape Girardeau, Mo., and an adult chaperone was airlifted to a Memphis hospital.
The KSP was assisted at the scene by emergency services from Carlisle, Ballard and McCracken counties.
The cause of the accident remains under investigation by the KSP.
Published in The Messenger 5.17.11