Frankfort woman accused of driving drunk, hitting school bus

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Tina Boyle, of Frankfort, is accused of driving drunk and hitting a school bus with kids on board on US 127 on 2-25-20. Photo courtesy State Journal

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – A Frankfort woman is accused of driving drunk and hitting a school bus with children on board, according to the State Journal.

The bus driver, a nearly 25-year veteran with the school district, is credited with quick reaction that kept the children from getting hurt, according to the report.

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The school superintendent told the newspaper that driver Michelle Grimes was getting ready to drop a child off when she noticed a car rapidly approaching.  She closed the school bus door, secured the student and moved the bus forward to lessen the collision impact.

This happened around 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday on US 127 North at Swallowfield Road.

Investigators say 54-year old Tina Boyle admitted to drinking half a bottle of rum before getting behind the wheel.  Deputies say they could smell alcohol on her breath, according to the report.



She was arrested at the accident scene. Her car suffered heavy front-end damage.  The school bus had minor rear-end damage, according to the report.

*Note:  The accident scene photo that accompanies this story is courtesy of the State Journal.