Lincoln County school bus that collided with pickup had swerved to avoid second bus

jwarren@herald-leader.comMay 7, 2014 

A Lincoln County school bus collided with a pickup truck Wednesday morning while trying to avoid hitting another school bus that had stopped, Kentucky State Police said.

The driver of the pickup, identified as William Otis Coleman, 36, of Stanford, was flown to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital, where he was reported in critical condition Wednesday afternoon.

Twenty-eight students, and the bus driver, were checked at area hospitals after the collision, but none appeared to be seriously hurt, Lincoln Schools Superintendent Karen Hatter said.

Forty-eight students, all middle schoolers, were on the bus when the crash occurred, according to state police at Richmond.

The wreck happened just before 8 a.m., on Ky. 78 near the Thornhill Lane intersection about four miles west of Stanford, troopers said.

Police said the driver of the eastbound school bus, Judy Asbery, 44, of Hustonville, swerved into the oncoming traffic lane to avoid hitting the rear of another bus that was stopped in traffic.

The bus then collided head-on with Coleman's 2005 GMC Sierra, police said.

Hatter said the students suffered injuries that she described as cuts and scrapes.

"We've received no reports of students being seriously injured," Hatter said Wednesday morning. "I am concerned about the driver of the pickup truck."

An investigation is continuing, Kentucky State Police said.

Jim Warren: (858) 231-3255.

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