A collision involving a truck and a school bus on U.S. 79 killed one man and injured three others on August 18, 2011, about four miles north Guthrie, Ky. According to the West Kentucky Star, an investigation showed that a 2004 Chevrolet pickup driven by James Coleman, 48, tried to pass the bus but had to swerve back into the right lane to avoid an oncoming vehicle. Coleman lost control of the vehicle and ran off the right side of the road before the truck spun around, hit a tree and then re-entered the highway and hit the passenger side of the bus.
The bus driver, 29-year-old David T. Wilson, and the 19 students aboard were not harmed in the accident, but Coleman and his passengers all sustained injuries. Coleman, 45-year-old Dale M. Cherry and 54-year-old Davidson F. Crocker of were taken to Gateway Medical Center while 22-year-old Christopher Gregory was taken to Logan Memorial Hospital. Both Gregory and Cherry were ultimately flown to Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville, where Cherry later died from his injuries.
We just posted last week about the additional precautions that need to be taken with school buses back on the road, and now there has already been a tragic loss of life as a result of one driver’s impatience. Fortunately, none of those students were injured, but this accident could have been avoided simply with just a little more patience on the part of the truck driver.
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