Harlan County, Ky lady charged with DUI after school bus crash

A woman involved in a collision with a school bus is now facing a DUI charge.

Sherry Wilson

HARLAN COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT/WVLT) -- 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," says Wilson from the Harlan County Detention Center, "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 and side-swiped a school bus full of children.

Though injuries were not reported, officers 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," says 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," says 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."

Kentucky State Police continue to investigate the wreck.


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