Woman charged with DUI following collision with school bus

By: Laura Beranek Email
By: Laura Beranek Email

HARLAN COUNTY, Ky (WKYT) - A woman involved in a collision with a school bus is now facing a DUI charge.

Sherry Wilson says Thursday morning began normally.

"I took my medicine the night before around 8:00," said Wilson from the Harlan County Detention Center, "and I got up went straight to Evarts. When he got me out of the car I was shaking and nervous because there was an accident."

Police say Wilson was driving along "Dead Man's Curve" on Highway 38 and was going around the curve when she crossed the center line, side-swiping a school bus full of children.

Though injuries were not reported, police say they consider the roadway one of the most dangerous in their jurisdiction.

Wilson admits she was on prescribed nerve medication and Loratabs.

She claims she has taken these medications for fifteen years, and has driven after taking the pills.

"He said are you on any kind of narcotics," said Wilson, "And I said yes I am. I'm not going to lie to him. And he said okay come get in my car."

"If you are caught driving with prescription medication in your system," said one of the first at the scene, Evarts Police Chief Lupe Blas, "and it's bad enough to affect your driving then you will be charged for that."

And hopes "Dead Man's Curve" will change soon.

Kentucky State Police continue to investigate the collision.

Police arrested 51 year old Sherry Wilson this afternoon for DUI.

Investigators say she was driving the car under the influence when she caused a crash with a school bus this morning.

It happened on Highway 38 along the area known as Dead Man's Curve.

Police say Wilson crossed the center line and hit the bus.

There were kids on the bus at the time of the crash, but no one was hurt.

Police are on the scene of a crash involving a school bus in Harlan County.

It happened on Highway 38 along the area known as Dead Man's Curve around 7:30 Thursday morning.

We're told a car crossed the center line and collided with the school bus, which was heading for Evarts Elementary School.

Evarts Police Chief Lupe Blas says there were students on bus at the time of the crash, but no one in either vehicle was hurt.

Chief Blas also told us neither vehicle had much damage, and that they expect the scene to be cleared soon.

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