LIVINGSTON, Ky. - A school bus full of athletes overturned on its way to a softball game in Livingston County, Friday. Kentucky State Police say the driver was 49-year-old Robin Black of Sturgis, who has been treated and released from Lourdes Hospital in Paducah.
Drivers could tell by the sheer number of ambulances that it was serious. There weren't many, if any, parents waiting. That's because they were notified by the Union County superintendent about the accident and where their child was being treated.
But it was a big job getting them off that bus.
It took five EMS services and every fire department in the county to get all 21 students, the driver, the coach and two more adults off this bus.
"There were a few students that had to be extricated by mechanical means, the jaws of life, to get out," Kentucky State Trooper Richie Wright said. "The bus is laying on its passenger side on the shoulder of east bound 60."
But officers say the bus was originally headed the opposite direction. Investigators could see the skid marks where the bus went off the road, spun half way around and then tipped over.
Everyone inside was thrown from their seats.
"When you have 25 injured, that takes a lot of resources from a lot of counties," Trooper Wright said.
As in every ambulance in the area. They even had to bring in something that could carry up to 10 patients at a time.
"Mercy Regional out of McCracken County has a bus that can transport a larger amount of patients," Trooper Wright said.
One person was also airlifted, but not because of injuries, because it was the only way to get them to treatment.
Even though everyone was cleared from the scene a couple of hours after the accident, things did not clear up quickly.
It took time to get the bus upright and on a tow truck. Then, the accident reenactment teams had to be put on hold while a storm blew through. That extended the road closure even more.
Traffic just started moving again around 9:30 p.m.
UPDATE (7:55 p.m.) - From Union County, KY Schools: "We are very thankful that our students did not have life-threatening injuries and appreciative of the professionalism shown by the police and emergency responders at the scene. We are also proud of how our community immediately rallied in prayer and in support of our students."
LIVINGSTON, Ky. - A school bus full of athletes overturned on its way to a softball game in Livingston County, Friday.
It happened of at the 13 mile marker on Highway 60, just before 5 p.m.
Kentucky State Police the bus ran off an embankment, overcorrected and then overturned.
28 people were on board the bus at the time: 24 kids and four adults.
21 people were transported by ambulance or a mass trauma bus to Baptist Health Paducah, Lourdes Hospital and Mercy Regional. One person was transported by helicopter. That's because of the limited number of ambulances.
At last check, all patients suffered non life-threatening injuries.
Highway 60 between Smithland Bridge Road and Dam Road remained blocked as of 7:55 p.m.
A Livingston County School official told Local 6 the school bus is from Union County, Kentucky. It was carrying the girls softball team to Livingston County for a game.
Local 6 will release more details as they are released.