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School bus wrecks in Flat Gap area, about 20 injuried

About 20 students and their bus driver were injured Friday after their bus was sideswiped by a coal truck on the narrow two–lane near Flat Gap.

The Letcher County Public Schools confirmed that one of its buses was Involved, but had no other details. The superintendent and other central office personnel were on the scene.
Kentucky State Police Trooper Matt Gayheart said the accident occurred just before 1:30 p.m. as the bus was headed east on KY 932 and the tractor-trailer was headed west.
Multiple fire departments, police agencies, and ambulance services responded. At least six ambulances transported patients to the Whitesburg Hospital from the crash. Everyone on the bus was taken to the emergency room but all of the injuries were non-life-threatening.
Schools were dismissed early because of a power outage caused by the wind. The accident occurred about the time a light, stinging rain began.
The bus ended up 20-30 feet down a hill on its side, partly in the shallow water of the Poor Fork of the Cumberland River. It was carrying students home from Arlie Boggs Elementary.
Tractor-trailers, mostly hauling coal and logs, have been using KY 932 to travel back and forth to Virginia and mines near the state line. The road is a narrow, two-lane, with many spots barely wide enough for a truck and a passenger vehicle to pass. The accident occurred near the entrance to Bad Branch Falls State Nature Preserve.
Some of the following photos are circulating online, but the persons who took them are not known.

Bus lies on its side at Flat Gap

Unknown photographer

Ambulances sitting at hospital emergency room

Photo by Sam Adams

Fire vehicles sitting on the highway

Photo by Sam Adams

Bus lies in Poor Fork

Unknown photographer

One response to “School bus wrecks in Flat Gap area, about 20 injuried”

  1. Mahala Spangler says:

    KY governor should be ashamed that road has been needed fixed as long as I can remember locals have begged them to fix it for years what’s it going to take, a child killed a bus load killed.petitions and letters to the news and governors office need flooded.

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