Friday, May 1, 2015

Crash involving bus sends one to hospital

A school bus driven by a Fredonia woman and a pickup collided Thursday afternoon in Caldwell County, sending one person to the hospital.

According to Kentucky State Police, Travis Hale, 23, of Princeton lost control of his vehicle around 3:15 p.m. Thursday and crashed into a school bus driven by Rose Carner, 72, of Fredonia. No one on the school bus, which was carrying bus monitor Sandra Faughn and a 3-year-old boy, was injured, but Hale was airlifted to a regional hospital. The accident occurred on Ky. 1119.

KSP's preliminary investigation revealed that Hale was operating a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado westbound on Ky. 1119, approaching the intersection of Calvert Road. Carner was driving a 2003 Freightliner 66-passenger school, making a left turn onto the westbound lane of Ky. 1119 from Calvert Road.  As Hale exited a curve on Ky. 1119 at the 2-mile marker, he lost control of his truck and the front right tire exited the right shoulder of the roadway.

He was unable to regain control of the vehicle, and the impact with the ditch caused his vehicle to overturn onto it's top. The front bumper of Hale truck then struck the middle right side of the school bus. Hale’s vehicle came to final rest partially in a ditch and blocking the westbound lane of travel facing south. Carner’s school bus came to final rest in both lanes of Ky. 1119, facing northwest.

Hale was transported from the scene by Air Evac Lifeteam helicopter to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, Ind.

The collision is under investigation by Trooper Ben Sawyer, who was assisted by the scene by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Department, Princeton Fire Department and Caldwell County EMS.