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School Bus Flips Over Embankment Near Mammoth Cave

Last updated on Friday, November 4, 2011

(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) (WDRB) - Some Louisville fourth graders took a frightening ride Thursday morning when their school bus flipped over an embankment on the way to a field trip at Mammoth Cave.

It happened at Cave City in Hart County, on the same stretch of I-65 where many other crashes have happened.

It wasn't the day away from class students from Louisville Collegiate School hoped for.
State police say 16 kids, all between the ages of nine and 10, two teachers, and a driver were all on board when the bus toppled over an embankment on I-65 near the Cave City exit.

School leaders won't say how many students have serious injuries, but at least three were taken to Kosair Children's Hospital. Everyone on board the bus was taken to T.J. Samson Community Hospital in Glasgow for treatment.

Red Cross workers helped by bringing food and dry clothes to the students and staff who had been stranded in the rain.

Police say a tractor trailer was passing the bus, and a combination of rain and slick roadways caused the bus driver to swerve because he thought he was going to be hit by the truck. At that point, investigators believe he lost control.

The group was only 10 miles from their destination.

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