BELFRY, Ky. – A pickup truck pulled out from the Speedway gas station at Belfry, Ky. on Thursday afternoon and allegedly struck a Pike County school bus headed north on U.S. 119 toward Belfry Middle School.
Seven children were on the school bus, however no serious injuries were reported, according to BMS Principal Jeremy Howard.
Howard was on the scene along with Ancie Casey, Pike County Schools Transportation Director.
The front right fender of the bus was damaged, also a rear tire cut and the entire right side of the bus was sideswiped. The gray F-150 Ford truck received considerable damage to the front end. Liquid leaked on the roadway from the radiator.
Kentucky State Police Trooper Curt Rowe investigated the accident. He did not release the names of the driver of the truck or school bus. Rowe said the accident is still under investigation and that citations may be given later.
All of the children were taken to an area hospital for “precautionary” measures, according to Trooper Rowe and Principal Howard.
“We want to remind people to drive carefully in school zones,” Howard stressed. He noted that the speed limit is reduced in the area near all schools. Motorists should pay extra attention especially in the morning and afternoon hours when students are being transported to and from school.
The Belfry Volunteer Fire Department, Appalachian First Response and the Pike County Sheriff’s Department assisted at the scene.
(Kyle Lovern is the Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2277 or on Twitter @KyleLovern.)