Arlie Boggs bus incident: two in less than two months

LETCHER COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) – Less than eight weeks after an Arlie Boggs Elementary School bus crashed in Letcher County, another incident happened on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, the school hosted a reception, attended by Governor Andy Beshear, to show appreciation for the first responders that helped students get to safety.

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Then, during the morning route on Wednesday, a bus on the same route with nine students who were on the bus that crashed in January ran into a ditch to avoid hitting a coal truck head-on.

“Twice in a little less than two months is tough for our students, tough for our community, and I know our parents are worried,” said Arlie Boggs Principal Freddie Terry.

The incident happened on U.S. 119 at a place nicknamed “Rocky Point”.

None of the 19 students on the bus were injured in this incident and were taken to school on a secondary bus driven by Terry.

“And as a bus driver an accident is your greatest fear,” said Terry.

Two students who were on the bus during the January 12 crash said they still get nervous when they see a coal truck on the road.

“If they’re going fast? Yes,” said Dylan with his little sister, Amelia, adding, “It makes me sick”.

Principal Terry said finding both short-term and long-term solutions are the top priority.

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