Bus crash on Attilla

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Last student dropped off minutes before accident

By Doug Ponder

A LaRue County school bus was involved in an accident on Thursday, February 22.

According to the LaRue County Sheriff’s Office, they were notified about the accident at 2:46 p.m. and arrived on scene at 3:02 p.m. LaRue County Sheriff Russell McCoy said the time delay was due to the distance to the scene on Attilla Road from Hodgenville.

According to the accident report, a 2004 model LaRue County School bus driven by Roger Skaggs of Hodgenville was traveling south on Attilla Road in LaRue County when he reportedly told officers that he met another vehicle when he went around a curve. While moving over to give room to the other motorist, the right tires on Roger Skaggs’ bus dropped off the roadway. With the ground being soft due to heavy rains, Roger Skaggs’ bus went off the roadway causing him to reportedly lose control of the bus as it went across the opposite side of the road, striking a tree and coming to rest at the bottom of an embankment.

Roger Skaggs and bus monitor Martha Ann Skaggs were both transported by LaRue County EMS to Hardin Memorial Hospital were they were treated for non life-threatening injuries. No students were on the bus at the time of the accident.

Brad Jackson of Levelwoods said that he came up on the accident and was shocked about it happening as his child, who is a preschool student in LaRue County Schools, was the last student to be dropped off the bus just minutes before the accident.

“I see them (Roger Skaggs and Margaret Skaggs) twice a day and they are both good people. I really think a lot of them,” Jackson said. “I am just thankful that my child wasn’t on the bus and that no other children were on it. It could have been a lot worse.”

LaRue County EMS was assisted by the LaRue County Sheriff’s Office and the Buffalo Fire Department.

LaRue County Schools Superintendent Sam Sanders said the accident occurred at the end of a preschool bus route and that the bus is also a special needs bus with a handicap lift.

As of Monday, February 26, Sanders said that Roger Skaggs was treated for minor injuries and later released. He said Ann Skaggs was later transported to the University of Louisville Hospital and was in critical condition for several days.

“She seems to be doing better, but still has a long road to recovery,” Sanders said.