Family: Driver improving after Lincoln County bus crash

LINCOLN COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - The driver of a truck involved in a Lincoln County school bus crash is still in critical condition at the UK Hospital.

Family members of William Otis Coleman say he is making some improvements, though. We're told doctors have installed a tube to relieve some swelling in his brain.

Two school buses were headed to Lincoln County schools just before 8 a.m. when police say one tried to avoid a rear-end collision with another bus at Thornhill Lane, about five miles west of Stanford.

“(The bus) swerved into the oncoming lane to avoid that collision and ended up striking a white pickup head on,” said Kentucky State Police Trooper Robert Purdy.

The accident happened at the bottom of what many call Cash Hill, a place where a new road was recently built to replace what many called a dangerous road.

“There’s two sharp curves close together and people drive too fast, I don’t know what caused this accident,” said Pool.

The driver of the truck, Coleman, 36, was airlifted to UK Hospital. Initially, officials said no children were hurt, but later it was decided to bus more than 30 to two separate hospitals and three were taken by ambulance.

“A lot of times after a wreck, sudden trauma, you start to have aches and pains, you didn’t know you had, your adrenaline is pumping pretty good,” said Don Gilliam with Lincoln Emergency Management.

UK hospital said that Coleman is listed in critical condition. One student was admitted to Ephraim McDowell, but hospital officials said others were treated and released.

The accident remains under investigation and Ky. 78 was closed until early Wednesday afternoon while police reconstructed the scene. The driver of the bus was identified as Judy Asbery, 44, of Hustonville.

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