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See dangers on the road from a bus driver's angle

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The Carroll County crash has some parents questioning the safety of school buses.

Currently, one of the children involved in Monday's wreck is still in critical condition at UK Hospital. The other two are improving at a hospital in Louisville.

WKYT talked with the folks behind the wheels of area school buses to find out just how safe your children are.

When you put your kids on a bus, you're trusting someone else with their care. Fayette County Public Schools driver Terry Barefoot has more than ten years experience caring for little riders.

"We look out for vehicles pulling out in the road. We look out for side of the road impediments on the side of the road," explains Barefoot, "one wheel would go off the road, cause you to either over-correct or take the bus completely off the road endangering everybody else."

The wreck Monday in Carroll County is a difficult reminder of what can happen when just one wheel goes off the road. State troopers there say the bus driver tried over-correcting to get back. The bus then flipped, and ran into a tree. That bus was carrying students the same age as the ones Barefoot takes to and from school each day.

"We do the best we can. Safety is paramount and all the drivers I know they do. They take as good as care as they can. They drive as safe as they can and it's just all the things around it that makes it unsafe and that's what we have to look out for."


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