No one was injured Friday morning when a vehicle collided with a Hardin County Schools bus.

The collision occurred around 7:40 a.m. in the 300 block of Bacon Creek Road in Elizabethtown, said Scotty Sharp, Kentucky State Police Post 4 spokesman. A vehicle crossed into the path of the school bus.

HCS spokesman John Wright said in a text message the school bus was heading northbound toward Cen­tral Hardin High School.

Joseph Rishkofski, the driver of the vehicle, disputed the police’s account in an interview with The News-Enter­prise. Rishkofski, who was traveling southbound after dropping off his freshman daughter at Central Hardin High School, said the school bus came over into his lane and clipped the side of his 2006 Mitsubishi Endeavor.

Rishkofski also said a dog might have contributed to the crash. He said a dog entered the roadway in front of his vehicle prior to the wreck, which caused him to steer his car to the right and apply his brakes. Rishkofski said he never left his lane of the roadway.

“The next thing you know, the bus and I collided,” he said.

Rishkofski said his driver’s side mirror was destroyed and the driver’s side of his vehicle also sustained minor damage.

Sharp called Bacon Creek Road a rural road where vehicle wrecks frequently occur. Rishkofski said the road is too narrow for larger vehicles.

Sharp said Hardin County EMS, Kentucky State Police, the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office and Central Hardin Fire Department responded to the crash.

Trey Crumbie can be reached at 270-505-1747 or

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