More information has been released about the Friday morning wreck involving a school bus, which injured several children and adults.
Preliminary reports from Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center estimated that 12 individuals were injured in the collision, including at least eight children – one of whom required helicopter transport to Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville for treatment of injuries.
A final statement from Sheriff Norman Chaffins, which was released later on Friday, indicates that there were fewer total injuries than originally thought, however two individuals had to be flown to Louisville area hospitals for treatment.
According to Chaffins, the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office responded to the incident at 7:10 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 18 and found that a Grayson County school bus being driven by 52-year-old James E. Coffey had been struck in the rear by a minivan being operated by 28-year-old Tarynn L. Dean, of Caneyville.
The incident occurred along East Maple Street in Caneyville (Highway 62) while both vehicles were eastbound.
The accident report indicates that Dean told officers her view was obstructed by the sun and she did not see the school bus before rear-ending it.
Chaffins’ release reads, “The van struck the rear of the bus causing serious damage to the vehicle and sent [eight] people to the hospital. There were two adults and two juveniles in the mini-van that were treated at the scene and transported to Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center.”
Later, one of those adults required a helicopter flight to University of Louisville Hospital with facial injuries, according to the report, while the juvenile passenger was flown to Kosair’s with “multiple non-life threatening injuries.”
Coffey and three of the students on-board his bus at the time of the accident were transported to Twin Lakes’ Emergency Room for treatment of injuries.
Chaffins went on to say that Dean was cited by an officer for having expired temporary tags on the minivan and for two counts of failure to use child restraint devices.
Grayson County EMS and Caneyville Fire Department assisted the Sheriff’s Office at the scene of the accident.
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