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School bus involved in injury wreck

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One child treated on scene; two adults transported to HMH

By Sarah Bennett

A Hardin County Schools bus carrying 22 students was involved in a three-vehicle collision Thursday morning near the 2000 block of New Glendale Road, halting traffic for about 90 minutes.

A student on the bus was treated by Hardin County EMS at the scene for minor injuries, Kentucky State Police said.

The school bus, operated by James Wallace, 61, of Elizabethtown, was eastbound on New Glendale Road and was accelerating after stopping to pick up students, according to a KSP news release.

Lolita Martin, 66, of Glendale, also was eastbound in a 2011 Honda Accord. Police said Martin pulled into the westbound lane to pass the bus and did not see an approaching 1998 Dodge Stratus, driven by Amanda Sims, 26, of Elizabethtown.

Sims pulled right to try to avoid a collision but struck Martin’s Honda head-on, according to the release. The Dodge came to a rest in a ditch.

Martin’s vehicle rotated and struck the side of the bus with the Honda coming to a stop in the westbound lane. Wallace stopped the bus in the eastbound lane and called 911, police said.

KSP arrived around 7 a.m. Norman Chaffins, public affairs officer for KSP Post 4 in Elizabethtown, said traffic was blocked in both lanes for about an hour and a half.

Martin and Sims, who was not wearing a seat belt, were transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

HCS spokesman John Wright said the students were taken off Wallace’s bus and put on a different one before being taken to G.C. Burkhead Elementary. They arrived 20 minutes late to school but were not counted tardy.

KSP troopers were assisted by Elizabethtown Fire Department.

Sarah Bennett can be reached at (270) 505-1750 or sbennett@thenewsenterprise.com.