The eastbound lane of Interstate 64 near a Frankfort exit was closed for about an hour Monday morning after a charter bus rear-ended a sport-utility vehicle, sending 13 youths and two adults to area hospitals.
Both vehicles veered off the road, and the SUV flipped several times, police said.
Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton said the driver of the charter bus probably failed to see that traffic was slowing, causing the bus to collide with the SUV near the U.S. 60 exit for Frankfort. The crash occurred about 10:16 a.m.
The bus was from Fishers, Ind., and it was carrying more than 30 members of a youth group from Hamilton Hills Baptist Church. The group was on its way to Gatlinburg, Tenn., for the Teen Revolution Youth Conference.
There were no life-threatening injuries, Melton said, "mostly scrapes, cuts and bruises." Twelve youth-group students and one adult were taken to hospitals. Three were taken to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital in Lexington, and the rest were taken to Frankfort Regional Medical Center.
The two occupants of the SUV, a mother and her young daughter, were taken to UK Hospital.
Other members of the youth group are being housed at Capital City Christian Church until their parents can arrive.