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Official: no criminal charges in school bus crash

By: Mark Kennedy; Elizabeth Dorsett Email
By: Mark Kennedy; Elizabeth Dorsett Email

Several northern Kentucky students were hurt on their way home from school Tuesday afternoon after a pickup and their school bus collided on US 27, just outside Falmouth in Pendleton County.

The Pendleton county superintendent Bob Yost says 29 students were on the bus. Ten were taken to the hosptial with non-life threatening injuries. Two were flown by medical helicopter, one who was eight months pregnant. The driver of the truck suffered minor injuries.

A student on the bus tells 27 NEWSFIRST she heard another student yell, Stop, then the crash happened. Jessica Baxter and her twin sister Janet, who were both injured say it appeared the bus driver pulled out in front of the truck.

Word comes Wednesday, that the school bus driver will not be charged, and that it appears the driver pulled out in front of the truck on accident.

One student, a pregnant 15-year old, who was sent to the hospital, went into labor. Cassandra Jenkins' mother tells 27 New First her daughter gave birth around two in the morning on Wednesday to a healthy baby boy. The baby, Cayden, weighed 8 pounds and was delivered via c-section. Jenkins' mother says she was full term.

27 news First has learned 17-year-old Haley Unthank is also still recovering in the hospital after suffering some broken vertebrae in her back during the crash.

School officials are hopeful that both students will be released from the hospital soon.


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