Crash involving school bus in Perry County injures 15

PERRY COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT/WKYT) - A school bus driver told police she swerved to avoid a deer in a crash that injured 15.

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The crash happened early Monday morning on Highway 28 near Gays Creek, between Buckhorn and Chavies. The bus was taking high school students to the vocational and technical school at the time.

State Police say the driver of the bus, 61-year-old Pam Couch of Buckhorn, told investigators that she had swerved to avoid a deer that had ran onto the roadway. Couch subsequently lost control of the bus and ran over an embankment.

Ricky Jones was in the area and rushed to help get students off the bus.

"I was trying to do the best I could to calm them down and calm myself down at the same time," Jones said. "It was an awful thing, man. I don't ever want to see anything like that. Just a terrible, it's terrible, terrible."

The assistant superintendent of Perry County Schools says 12 of the 14 injured students went to the hospital for treatment. Officials do not think any of those students had life threatening injuries.

Tow truck drivers removed the damaged bus.

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