Interstate 65 Bus Accident Claims a Second Life

An early morning bus crash on I-65 has now claimed a second life and leaves more than 60 others injured.

A charter bus carrying a family headed home from a reunion, crashed into a concrete pillar on I-65 southbound.

There were 67 people on the bus at the time of the accident.

One person died at the scene, the second succumbed in Vanderbilt University Medical Center Tuesday.

It was a horrible scene as a charter bus carrying home family members from a family reunion in New York crashed.

The accident took place at Mile Marker 42, near the Louis B. Nunn Parkway. The bus was headed to Alabama - however, the bus never made it home.

Around 3:00 a.m. on June 25, 2007, a C & R Tours charter bus slammed into a concrete pillar under the Hayes-Smith Grove overpass.

Jim Potts of the Smith Grove Volunteer Fire Department was one of the first responders on the scene.

"There was people all over both sides - front and back, crawling outside the bus, laying on banks. People helping them trying to work with them, but it was tough because some of them were hurt pretty bad," Potts said.

Sixty-six victims were lifelighted or taken by ambulance to Greenview Hospital and The Medical Center in Bowling Green, while some were taken to TJ Sampson in Glasgow.

The driver, 63-year-old Abraham Parker, died Tuesday at Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tenn.

Kentucky State Police, who are investigating the crash believe they may know what led to the accident.

"At this preliminary investigation shows that the driver may have fallen asleep driving the bus," said Trooper Steve Pavey, of the Elizabethtown KSP Post.

The bus is believed to have slid off the road and ran into the pillar.

Within minutes of the crash, emergency vehicles and law enforcement were on the scene.

"At one time there were seven Medvacs, or medical helicopters, here and numerous ambulances," Trooper Pavey said.

Passsenger Carrie Walton, who was 71-years-old, was pronounced dead at the scene around 4:20 a.m. on June 25.

It took nearly six hours to clear away the wreckage and luggage that spilled out of the bus during the accident.

Kentucky State Police said that it may take weeks before the crash’s investigation is complete.

Here is an update on the patients taken to Vanderbilt Medical Center.

One child is in critical condition and three adults are in stable condition.

According to Doris Thomas, Vice President of Commonwealth Health Corporation, of the 45 passengers admitted to The Medical Center, 30 have been treated and released. Two are still being evaluated and one didn’t receive treatment.

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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