KSP investigating claims that Greyhound bus driver was on his phone before I-75 crash

ROCKCASTLE COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT/WKYT) - An accident involving a Greyhound bus remains under investigation while the injured are still recovering.

An accident involving a Greyhound bus remains under investigation while the injured are still recovering. // Phil Pendleton

The crash happened Thursday afternoon in the northbound lanes of I-75 in Rockcastle County. More than 17 people were hurt and some were taken to hospitals. Six went to UK hospital. We do not know how serious the injuries are, but most have been released.

The bus was traveling to Cincinnati from Atlanta and had just left London. Police said it collided with a flatbed truck driven by Cary Harrison of Richmond.

Investigators said the driver of the bus, 64-year-old Vincent Watts of Atlanta, was in the center lane of the interstate when it left the lane and hit the truck.

Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement is investigating because commercial vehicles were involved. They are looking into an allegation that the bus driver was on the phone, but that is not confirmed.

"A few minutes before the initial crash a few people, including me, saw him on his phone," said Taylor McClain, who was on the bus.

Sister station WKYT talked to McClain who says she was in the second row.

"On his phone, holding it, on the steering wheel, between his two hands, holding his steering wheel and his phone at the same time," said one of the passengers.

A passenger sent in a photo of the bus driver using his phone while driving.

Greyhound officials are also looking into the cause and say they have a no-tolerance policy for using phones while driving.

Watts does hold a commercial drivers license and he is expected to be hands-free when making phone calls. If caught, it comes with a nearly $2,800 fine and $11,000 fine for the company.

We asked Greyhound if they have seen the photo. They replied and said, "consistent with our protocol, the driver is currently out of service as Greyhound conducts its internal investigation."

Commercial passenger enforcement officers say they will be inspecting the bus driver's phone records which is standard procedure for similar crashes.

Madison County EMS was one of the numerous agencies called in.

"With the programs here in Central Kentucky, we train probably more than other entities do. It's kind of an all-hazards approach," said Carlos Coyle with Madison County EMS. "We have done lots of mass casualty, active shooter, plane crashes."