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Kentucky school bus driver saves choking student
June 4, 2015
Alerted by students that one of their peers was in distress, Yvonne Wilson performed a one-handed Heimlich maneuver on the girl, dislodging a piece of hard candy from her throat.
District hiring police, raising driver pay to curb school bus fights
May 26, 2015
Jefferson County Public Schools in Kentucky is hiring police officers to monitor troubled routes, adding video cameras and offering incentive pay to more experienced bus drivers to drive those routes. Incidents on routes for alternative schools rose sharply this year.
Kentucky student dragged by school bus
May 22, 2015
An elementary school student was dragged by her bus when her backpack got stuck in the door as she was deboarding. She was taken to the hospital with severe road rash.
School bus driver charged with not reporting guns on bus
May 7, 2015
Kentucky police say that two brothers brought two handguns — one loaded — onto their bus and showed other students. The boys, their parents and the bus driver face charges.
Bus driver praised for staying calm, safe in hailstorm
April 14, 2015
Terrie Eggen of Kentucky safely navigated her route with 40 students aboard when the storm, which sparked tornado sirens, hit. The bus garage coached her though the drive.
Kentucky bus driver, students rescued from flood waters
April 6, 2015
A Grant County Schools bus driver and 16 students were stranded in floodwaters for nearly two hours when a creek near the bus route overflowed its banks last week.
Boy in fatal accident may have re-entered path of bus
March 26, 2015
Witnesses said Jonathan A. Chatham re-entered the path of the bus as it began moving forward, according to a school district statement. A relative of the boy has disputed this account.
Boy fatally struck by school bus
March 24, 2015
A 10-year-old Kentucky student cleared the bus after being dropped off at his stop but somehow went into the ditch line, officials said.
Newly found footage of historic school bus accident to air
February 10, 2015
Home movie footage of a school bus being pulled out of a Kentucky river following what has been called the worst school bus accident in U.S. history will be shown as part of a film that is a follow-up to the 2009 documentary The Very Worst Thing.
Special-needs student dragged by bus
January 30, 2015
A 6-year-old boy with cerebral palsy was dragged about 15 feet as he was deboarding, possibly due to his jacket getting caught in a groove in the bus’ bottom step. The bus driver was distracted when the incident happened, according to a sheriff’s report.
Bus driver’s book teaches safety to young riders
January 14, 2015
Lorraine Fletcher has been driving a school bus for seven years, and she drew on her experience as she penned Go Where the Bus Goes.
Carrollton crash survivor is now a school bus driver
November 20, 2014
As an eighth grader, Quinton Higgins escaped from the fiery Carrollton, Kentucky, bus crash that killed 27 people. More than 20 years later, he took a surprising career turn: He became a school bus driver.
School bus drivers take students to shelter during tornado
October 14, 2014
Many of Harrison County (Ky.) Schools' buses were in a tornado warning area, and the bus drivers safely took students inside nearby buildings.
Teen arrested for showing gun to bus full of students
October 13, 2014
Students on a Kenton County (Ky.) School District bus alerted their driver to what they believed was a gun being pointed at the bus by a teenager, although the weapon was later discovered to be a BB gun. The driver shut the door, drove away and called police.
Woman arrested for following school bus
October 7, 2014
Scarlotte Freeman was allegedly following the bus for no apparent reason just yards away from Henry F. Moss Middle School in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The bus driver immediately notified staff in the bus garage, who contacted school personnel, who worked with the police department. Police charged Freeman with disorderly conduct and harassment and spoke to four children who said Freeman tried to lure them into her vehicle.
School bus monitor falls from moving bus
August 18, 2014
Kentucky State Police report that as the school bus monitor was retrieving a clipboard in the stairwell, the bus driver swerved to avoid mailboxes, and the monitor fell through the door. The monitor was critically injured.
Driver, monitor resign after special-needs student left on school bus
May 2, 2014
The preschooler is picked up in the morning and is discovered at the Kentucky district’s bus depot in the afternoon, still seated in the bus. The district has changed its policies to help prevent future instances of children being left on buses by requiring preschool staff to check the buses, in addition to the drivers and monitors.
Bus company serving Kentucky district to end operations
November 21, 2013
The district suspended business with Commonwealth Bus Service on Nov. 8 until officials could further review the transportation contract, and now, a district spokesperson says that transportation officials have been notified that the company is going out of business. In June, one of the company’s buses was involved in a crash that sent 35 people on board to the hospital.
Police investigate bomb threat on school bus
September 9, 2013
One or more students on a school bus in Laurel County, Ky., reportedly say that there is a bomb on board, and the bus stops at a weigh station. Numerous law enforcement officers — including a hazardous devices unit with a dog — respond to the scene, but no bomb is found in backpacks or elsewhere on the bus.
Lightning strikes close to Kentucky school bus
August 27, 2013
Several children were on the bus, but none was harmed. The strike was close enough for students to report having seen “reddish-purple lights” and having heard an explosion.
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