More details emerge in US 25 school bus collision
GEORGETOWN, Ky. (WTVQ) – No students were injured after a Scott County school bus and a garbage truck had a minor collision Wednesday, on a road that’s been called unsafe by residents in the past.
According to the Scott County Sheriff’s Office, the collision happened around 3:00 p.m. on Cincinnati Road (US 25,) near Deer Run Boulevard.
The Sheriff says two mirrors on the bus and garbage truck hit each other. The mirror on the bus broke, and some of the back glass fell in the hair of some of the students on the bus. About 20 students were on the bus at the time, and although the kids were shaken up from the collision, no injuries were reported.
The Sheriff says the garbage truck was registered out of Cleveland, OH, but was coming from Frankfort. Officials say it was taken to a weigh station for an inspection, and that the truck driver received two citations – one, for a tire that had low tire pressure, and the second due to tires that were rubbing on the third left axle. Kentucky State Police say the truck has been taken out of service.
The cause of the collision remains under investigation.
This is not the first time an incident has happened in the area. In September of last year, a city of Georgetown garbage truck crossed the center line on US 25, hitting another truck and a car. The driver of the car was killed.
Neighbors of the victim were very vocal about wanting something done to make the road safer, claiming that because it is so narrow, it is unable to handle the big trucks that drive it daily. The residents said the truck usage increased after garbage from Fayette County started being dropped off at a nearby landfill.
Also at that time, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet said there wasn’t any funding to widen the road and it wasn’t a priority.
The Sheriff says, since the fatal crash, there have been increased patrols on the road with plenty of citations issued on trucks, but also says the narrow road itself, and the amount of traffic it handles is more of an issue than enforcing traffic laws.
Meanwhile, Georgetown and Lexington have both voluntarily changed their trash truck routes to avoid US 25.
An audit performed on US 25 by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet found that speed limits, and passing zones on the road were deemed appropriate. Additional improvements to the road, such as the addition of guardrails in certain areas, tree cutting, culvert pipe maintenance, and more are under consideration as funding options are explored.