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Two Injured In Southern Kentucky Bus Crash Released From Hospital

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Two people injured in a fatal bus crash near Bowling Green have been released from a southern Kentucky hospital, while 11 others remain under medical supervision.

The two, whose identities were not released, were at The Medical Center in Bowling Green, where seven people remain in stable condition and one in good condition, hospital spokeswoman Doris Thomas said.

A child, 7-year-old Kayalon Jackson, remained in critical condition Wednesday at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn., spokesman Jerry Jones said. Two other passengers were in stable condition, Jones said.

The bus crashed early Monday on Interstate 65. Kentucky State Police said a preliminary investigation indicated that the cause of the crash was that the driver apparently dozed off and ran off the road, striking an overpass support about 75 miles north of Nashville.

The bus driver, Abraham Parker, 63, of Birmingham, Ala., died Tuesday at Vanderbilt Medical Center, Jones said. A passenger, Carrie Walton, 71, died at the scene early Monday.

Trooper Steve Pavey said Tuesday the number of people on the bus as well as the vehicle's speed will be part of the investigation and reconstruction of the wreck.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration was conducting a "compliance review" of the company, authorities said. The review will look at Parker's commercial driver's license and hours of service, company insurance records and the upkeep of the bus.

The 1987 model bus, made by Motor Coach Industries of Schaumburg, Ill., had 67 aboard when it crashed en route from Niagara Falls, N.Y., to Alabama.

The bus was carrying members of an extended family home to Alabama from a family reunion in Niagara Falls, officials said. Most were from rural Forkland, Ala., about 100 miles southwest of Birmingham. State police said there were 42 adult passengers, 23 children and two drivers on the bus that crashed.

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