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Fayette school bus crashes into car at Man o' War and I-75

A Fayette County school bus driver was placed on administrative leave after a bus carrying a student crashed into a Mercedes on Wednesday afternoon.

The driver of the Mercedes, Nanci House of London, was taken to the hospital with what were initially thought to be life-threatening injuries.

"When the fire department cut her out of the car, I was told she was not breathing on her own," police Lt. Chris Van Brackel said. "The fire department brought her back."

Wednesday evening, hospital staff reported House was alert, talking "and expected to be okay," he said.

No one on the bus was hurt, officials said.

The bus was being driven by William Gourley of Lexington, police said in a news release.

Witnesses told police the bus ran a red light at the intersection of Man o' War and Interstate 75 about 4:30 p.m., crashing into the driver's side door of the red Mercedes, Lexington police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said.

The bus was carrying one student on the way home from Martin Luther King Academy, Fayette County public schools spokeswoman Lisa Deffendall said. Gourley and a bus monitor were also aboard.

Deffendall said Gourley had been with the school district for five years and had no prior accidents. Deffendall said Gourley was placed on administrative leave pending an internal investigation.

Witnesses told police the bus was traveling outbound on Man o' War and "broadsided" the car as it was making a left turn from I-75 onto inbound Man o' War, Roberts said.

There were no signs of driver impairment, but police took toxicology tests from the driver as a precaution, Roberts said.

Witnesses to the accident are asked to call the Lexington Division of Police at (859) 258-3600.

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