Three Kids Still In Hospital After School Bus Crash

The bus was carrying 17 students to Grant County Middle School.
The bus was carrying 17 students to Grant County Middle School.
The bus struck a pole almost snapping it in two.
The bus struck a pole almost snapping it in two.

UPDATE 1:24 a.m. - The Kentucky State Police report that three children remain in the hospital. Two are in "critical but stable" condition, one at Cincinnati Children's and one at UK Children's Hospital; another child is in fair condition in Children's Hospital.

The police plan to release more information on the crash during the day Thursday.

UPDATE 4:11 p.m. - The Grant County school district has issued a release that gives a little more information describing the accident.

In it, they say that the driver of the bus, Angel Young-Howe has been a school bus driver since August of 2004.  She was taken to St. Elizabeth South Hospital where she was treated for her injuries and released.

FOX19 News continues to follow this story and will have the latest information tonight on the FOX19 Ten O'clock News.

The Grant County School Board has sent the following:

PRESS RELEASE:  January 17, 2007, 3:22 p.m.

This press release is issued as a follow-up to the bus accident in Grant County involving Bus # 062, 17 students and the driver.

All 17 students on board the bus were transported to the local hospital, St. Elizabeth Hospital - Grant County for evaluation and/or treatment.  Thirteen students were released from St. Elizabeth Hospital - Grant County to the care of their parents; 4 were transported from St. Elizabeth-GC to larger area medical facilities (2 to Childrens in Cincinnati, 1 to St. Luke West, and 1 to University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington).  Of these 4 students, reports indicate 2 students sustained more serious injuries.  The school district does not have permission to release more information about their condition. 

The driver, Angel Young-Howe, was treated at St. Elizabeth Medical Center - South and has been released.  She has been a full-time driver for the school district since August, 2004.  Her route will be covered by another driver until more information is received about her condition and the nature of the accident.    

The Kentucky State Police are investigating the accident.

In response to this accident involving our students, the school district has given its fullest attention to these students and others who may have been affected.  Parents of the students involved were contacted immediately, and inquiries addressed throughout the day.  A letter has gone home to parents, so they may be abreast of concerns their children may have.  Counselors will be available to any needing assistance during this time.

UPDATE 11:25 a.m. - FOX19 News has learned that two children were taken to Children's Hospital in Cincinnati.  One was transported by Aircare and the other by ambulance.

School officials at Grant County Middle School are addressing the student body about the accident at this time.  They say that weather was not a factor in the crash.

The bus was being used as a shuttle taking students from the elementary school to the middle school.

(DRY RIDGE, Ky.) - A school bus accident in Grant County has sent several people including the bus driver to the hospital.

The wreck on Dixie Highway happened around eight this morning.

Police tell FOX19 News that seven students on board the bus were injured.  Two were considered serious and were taken by Aircare, with one coming to Children's Hospital in Cincinnati.  The other student flown from the scene was taken to UK Medical Center.

The remaining students and the driver were taken to St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Grant County where most have been treated and released.

Several students were taken from the scene to the hospital by their parents, others were taken by another bus.

The bus was carrying 17 middle school students to Grant County Middle School and struck a utility pole crumpling the bus on its left side police say.  The road has been closed so crews can continue to investigate what happened.

FOX19 News has a crew on the scene and we will bring you the latest information as in comes into our newsroom.

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