Nine students involved in head start bus crash in Wolfe County

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Published: Jan. 5, 2023 at 11:36 AM EST
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WOLFE COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Nine students were on a head start bus Thursday morning when it crashed on Landsaw Road at around 8:30 a.m.

Tracy Keeton, mother of two head start students who were on the bus, adds that her children’s bus driver told her that the bus had simply broken down.

“I was with two of my coworkers on our way to Ashland to pick up something for work and was in the back seat of the car, you know, and couldn’t really get here at that moment,” said Keeton.

Keeton was then called by the Middle Kentucky CAP Head Start Program and was informed that her children’s bus had actually been involved in a crash.

Keeton informed her ex-husband and father of her two children, Kenny Banks, of the situation who then went to the scene and saw the bus in a ditch and his children with first responders.

“Ambulance, police officers, lights everywhere, they had a line of cars with parents,” said Banks. “I couldn’t see the bus immediately until I started walking up through here, then I could see it. It was kindly, you know, it wasn’t rolled over, but it was in a ditch.”

Keeton and Banks added that they are now reluctant to send their kids back to the program, especially on a bus.

“When I put my child on this bus, that child is going to arrive at school safely,” said Banks, “it’s going to have a safe day in that building, and it’s going to come back home safe, and right now, this current group, I don’t think can actually reassure us on that.”

Middle Kentucky CAP Head Start Director Chris Holiday said the exact cause of the crash is not known, but there were no other vehicles involved. He added that no children had major injuries and they were all transported by their parents from the scene.