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County schools cut distance of bus run in Goose Creek

The county school district has temporarily suspended bus traffic past the one-mile mark on Goose Creek Road after one child was injured when a school bus overturned there.

The road is broken off on the edge where the bus overturned, Superintendent Denise Yonts said. She said the county has worked on it, but the district is making sure the repair holds before running a bus there again. Students will load and unload at a church nearby until the road is safe.

Kentucky State Police Trooper Matt Gayheart said the bus was traveling up Goose Creek about 3:30 p.m. on August 17 when it went off the right shoulder and overturned into a ditch.

The bus was loaded with the driver, 66-year-old Arlie Lee, of Mayking, and 22 children at the time of the crash.

Emergency crews responded to the scene and transported one child to Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital, to be treated for minor injuries sustained in the crash. The remaining children were released to their guardians soon after that.

A seatbelt was in use by the driver at the time of the collision. This incident remains under investigation by Trooper Branden Watts.

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