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School Bus Crash in Perry County Injures Several Students - KSP Post 13 is investigating

Date of News Release: 04/24/2017

Gay’s Creek, Ky. (April 24, 2017) – A single vehicle crash involving a school bus sent several students and a bus driver to the hospital Monday morning in Perry County. Kentucky State Police Post 13 is investigating the crash which occurred around 8:00 a.m., on Kentucky Highway 28, in the Gay’s Creek community, near Buckhorn. Troopers Issac Whitaker and Ethan Lewis responded to the scene, and were assisted by Perry County Ambulance Authority, Perry County Sheriff’s Department, Grapevine/Chavies Fire Department and McIntosh Ambulance Service.

The preliminary investigation into this collision determined that the school bus was traveling eastbound on HWY 28, when it left the roadway and collided with a tree. The driver of the bus, 61 year old Pam Couch of Buckhorn advised investigators that she had swerved to avoid a deer that had ran onto the roadway, when she lost control of the bus and ran over an embankment.

Pam Couch and 13 student passengers on the bus were transported to Hazard Appalachian Regional Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. No criminal charges are pending at this time. This collision remains under investigation by Tpr. Issac Whitaker with KSP Post 13.