Tragic I-65 Bus Crash

One woman is dead and 66 people are injured after an early morning bus crash on I-65 South. Many of the crash victims were children.

The bus was carrying a family from a family reunion at Niagara Falls to Birmingham, Alabama.

Abraham Parker, the operator of a C & R Tour bus, was traveling south on Interstate 65 in the area of the 42 mile marker in Warren County, close to the Louie B. Nunn Parkway. Preliminary investigation indicates the operator of the vehicle fell asleep while driving. The vehicle left the roadway striking a concrete bridge support & an earthen embankment.

The front of the bus was crushed and luggage and clothing were spread across the pavement.

The victim, 71-year-old Carrie Walton of Birmingham, Ala., was pronounced dead at the scene by Warren County Coroner, Kevin Kirby.

The driver was flown to Vanderbilt Hospital where he was admitted for treatment and is listed in critical condition. Forty-four passengers were transported to the Medical Center at Bowling. Two of these patients were later flown to Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville, Tenn., where they were admitted and are also listed in critical condition. Fourteen passengers were transported to TJ Sampson Hospital in Glasgow. All 14 were treated & released. Six passengers were transported to Greenview Hospital in Bowling Green.

Director Randy Fathbruckner with emergency medical services at The Medical Center, said four people are listed in critical condition.

Fathbruckner described 52 of the injuries as urgent and ten as minor.

Below is a list of patients admitted to area hopitals after this morning's crash.

Bowling Green Medical Center
1. Isom Lewis, 40 yr old male, Forkland, Ala.
2. Trinity Jackson, 7 yr old female, Forkland, Ala.
3. Tamala Beck, 37 yr old female, Forkland, Ala.
4. Linda Barton, 55 yr old female, Forkland, Ala.
5. Don Becl, 46 yr old male, Forkland, Ala.
6. Eloise Perry, 74 yr old female, Los Angeles, Calif.
7. Mary Chaney, 72 yr old female, Forkland, Ala.
8. Robert Wilson, 58 yr old male, Birmingham, Ala., Co-Driver
9. Annie Armstead, 73 yr old female, Forkland, Ala.
10. Hardis Washington, 57 yr old male, Forkland, Ala.

Greenview Regional Hospital
1. Louise Haywood, 67 yr old female, Forkland, Ala.

Vanderbilt University Hospital
1. Janiel Jackson, 21 yr old female, Forkland, Ala.
2. Kayalon Jackson, 8 yr old male, Forkland, Ala., Critical Condition
3. Abraham Parker, 63 yr old male, Birmingham, Ala., Driver, Critical Condition

This is the largest number of crash victims The Medical Center has treated at one time.

Both lanes of Interstate 65 southbound have been re-opened.

The Christ Episcopal Church in Bowling Green is being used by the American Red Cross as a shelter to care for lightly-injured bus crash victims. Emergency Coordinator Bill Schlicht said two people have been taken there and more are expected.

Schlicht said any victims who come to the shelter will be put up for the night.

Twenty-five children are currently at the Christ Episcopal Church and are in need of donation items. The American Red Cross is collecting donations for these children, along with other crash victims. They need the following:

  • diapers
  • blankets
  • white towels
  • children's clothing

    All of the items should be new and can be dropped off at the Bowling Green-Warren County Public Library on State Street.

    Click the link below to watch the KSP press conference concerning the I-65 bus crash.
    KSP Press Conference on I-65 Bus Crash

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