Wreck involving bus injures 5

A school bus wreck involving the bus and a car injured five people Tuesday afternoon.

According to a release from the Kentucky State Police, Post 10 Harlan received a call of a collision involving a school bus on Hwy. 38 in the River Ridge community of Harlan County at 2:51 p.m. Master Trooper Michael Cornett responded to the scene and began an investigation.

The preliminary investigation indicates the bus was stopped on Hwy. 38 unloading a child when it was struck in the rear, according to the release. The bus had all emergency lights and signs on while unloading the child. Both the bus and the 2011 Honda CRV came to final rest at the area of impact.

The release states that the Honda was operated by Richard Robinson, 74, of Chesapeake, Virginia. Robinson was transported to Harlan ARH with minor injuries. The operator of the bus, Coleen Pennington, 43, of Closplint, was also taken to Harlan ARH with back injuries. Three children on the bus were injured during the collision. Two of the children were transported to Harlan ARH with minor injuries and one child was released to family who declined treatment for a very minor injury, the release states. A total of five individuals were injured in the collision.

Drugs and alcohol are not suspected as factors in the collision, according to KSP. It is still under investigation by Cornett. Also assisting at the scene were Tpr. Jared Boggs and Trans-Star ambulance service.

Special to the Enterprise

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