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Church bus crash in Laurel County sends 12 children to hospitals

A single-vehicle crash involving a church bus sent 12 children to local and regional hospitals Wednesday night in Laurel County.
A single-vehicle crash involving a church bus sent 12 children to local and regional hospitals Wednesday night in Laurel County. Laurel County Sheriff’s Office

Twelve children were taken to local and regional hospitals after a church bus crashed Wednesday night in Laurel County.

The pastor of Lick Fork Missionary Baptist Church, who was driving, lost control on a curve on Sally’s Branch Road. The bus, a full-size van, struck an embankment, according to the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office.

A girl riding in the front passenger seat had to be extricated from the vehicle and was flown to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital, according to the sheriff’s office. Eleven other children were taken by ambulance to Saint Joseph Hospital London to be treated for possible injuries.

The pastor, Charles Kirby, was not injured, according to the sheriff’s office.

Two children were uninjured and were picked up by their parents.

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