Bowling Green, KY (WVLT) - One woman is dead and 66 people are injured after an early morning bus crash on I-65 South just outside of Bowling Green, Kentucky. Many of the crash victims were children.
The bus was carrying a family from a family reunion at Niagara Falls to Birmingham, Alabama.
Abraham Parker, the operator of a C & R Tour bus, was traveling south on Interstate 65 in the area of the 42 mile marker in Warren County, close to the Louie B. Nunn Parkway. Preliminary investigation indicates the operator of the vehicle fell asleep while driving.
The vehicle left the roadway striking a concrete bridge support & an earthen embankment.
The front of the bus was crushed and luggage and clothing were spread across the pavement.
The victim, 71-year-old Carrie Walton of Birmingham, Ala., was pronounced dead at the scene by Warren County Coroner, Kevin Kirby.
The driver was flown to Vanderbilt Hospital where he was admitted for treatment and is listed in critical condition.
Forty-four passengers were transported to the Medical Center at Bowling.
Two of these patients were later flown to Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville, where they were admitted and are also listed in critical condition. Fourteen passengers were transported to TJ Sampson Hospital in Glasgow, KY.
All 14 were treated & released. Six passengers were transported to Greenview Hospital in Bowling Green.
Director Randy Fathbruckner with emergency medical services at the Medical Center said four people are listed in critical condition.
Fathbruckner described 52 of the injuries as urgent and ten as minor.
This is the largest number of crash victims The Medical Center has treated at one time.
Both lanes of Interstate 65 southbound have been re-opened.
The Christ Episcopal Church in Bowling Green is being used by the American Red Cross as a shelter to care for lightly-injured bus crash victims. Emergency Coordinator Bill Schlicht said two people have been taken there and more are expected.
Schlicht said any victims who come to the shelter will be put up for the night.
(This story was provided to us by our sister station WBKO in Bowling Green, KY.)