Charges are pending in Leslie bus crash

More than two dozen students were treated or checked for injuries after a car hit a school bus about 7:15 a.m. Thursday in Leslie County, police and school officials said.

A few students complained of neck or back pain after the wreck, but none had serious injuries, said Leslie County school Superintendent Larry Sparks.

All 28 students, along with the bus driver, Teresa Philbeck, were checked at a hospital as a precaution, Sparks said.

The wreck happened about three miles west of Hyden on U.S. 421, in the Rockhouse community when a car driven by Roger Sizemore collided with the bus.

After the collision, the bus hit an embankment and turned over onto its side. The students and driver were able to get out on their own.

Sizemore was hospitalized. Police plan to charge him, most likely with impaired driving, when he is released from the hospital, said Trooper Tony Watts, spokesman for the Hazard state police post. Police said Philbeck, a longtime bus driver, was not at fault in the wreck, Sparks said.