School Bus Crash Sends 17 Students To The Hospital

DRY RIDGE, Ky. (AP) - Two middle school students were in
critical condition at area hospitals following a school bus crash
Wednesday in northern Kentucky.

Kentucky State Police spokesman Shain Stevens said the bus
dropped off the right side of the roadway, crossed into oncoming
traffic, then ran off the left side of the road before striking a
utility pole.

Police were investigating the cause of the crash, but weather
did not appear to be a factor, Stevens said.

One Grant County Middle School student was in critical condition
at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and another in
critical but stable condition at University of Kentucky Medical
Center in Lexington following the crash, Kentucky State Police Maj.
Lisa Rudzinski said.

Another student, who had been airlifted to Children's Hospital
in critical condition following the crash, had improved to fair
condition by Wednesday afternoon, Rudzinski said.

Seventeen students were aboard the bus at the time of the crash,
said Nancy Howe, a spokeswoman for the Grant County school
district. The bus driver also was taken to the hospital, she said.

Thirteen students were treated for minor injuries and released
from St. Elizabeth Grant County Hospital in Williamstown, hospital
spokeswoman Christa Moore said. The bus driver, Angel Young-Howe,
was treated at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Edgewood and released.

One other student was treated at St. Luke's Hospital in Florence
and released, hospital spokesman Ben Brooks said.

The crash happened at 7:50 a.m. EST in Grant County, about 50
miles north of Lexington, Rudzinski said.

Young-Howe has been a driver with the school district since
August 2004, Howe said.

Television video showed dents and broken windows on the driver's
side of the bus.

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