Register Staff Report
BEREA — Three children suffered minor injuries Friday afternoon when a school bus carrying 17 middle and high school students struck a tree on Blue Lick Road near the Short Line Pike intersection.
The road narrows near the intersection and an oncoming vehicle prompted the bus driver to move toward the shoulder, said Madison County School Superintendent Elmer Thomas.
A wheel of the bus went off the pavement, and the driver appeared to overcorrect, taking the bus across the road where it struck a tree, he said.
A Madison County EMS ambulance was on the scene when he arrived, Thomas said, and emergency medical personnel were examining the children.
Two students initially complained of minor injuries, and the parents of one child wanted examination by a physician, the superintendent said. That student was then transported by ambulance to Saint Joseph Berea hospital and later released.
A third student later complained of arm pain, but emergency personnel concluded treatment was not required, Thomas said.
Some parents picked up their children from the scene, and another bus was used to take the others home.
The bus driver will be relieved of duty pending a review, which is standard procedure when an accident appears to be the result of driver error, the superintendent said.