Thursday, June 08, 2000

Church bus involved in deadly collision

Youths escape injury returning home from trip to Kings Island

The Associated Press

        BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — A four-vehicle collision on Interstate 65 involving a tanker truck and a church bus left two dead and snarled traffic on the highway Wednesday, Kentucky State Police said.

        Four other people were injured, said state police spokesman Lt. Bill Payton. No one on the church bus was seriously injured, he said.

        State police did not release the names of the dead and injured.

        The crash happened at about 12:30 p.m. on southbound I-65 near Smiths Grove, which is about 12 miles north of Bowling Green. It also involved a tractor-trailer carrying steel, and a pickup truck, Lt. Payton said.

        The bus was one of two from Metro Baptist Church in Madison, Tenn., returning from a youth trip to Kings Mills, Ohio, where the group had visited Paramount's Kings Island. It's unclear how many young people were on the bus. George Philips, Metro Baptist Church executive administrator, said no one on the bus was seriously injured.

        “As far as I know, everyone's fine. There were just a few cuts and bruises,” Mr. Philips said.

        He said the youths returned home aboard the remaining bus.

        Jason McCrimmon, of Tekonsha, Mich., and his 4-year-old daughter, Allison were following the three vehicles when his pickup struck the other vehicles, said his fiancee, Melissa McGuffin. Ms. McGuffin was following Mr. McCrimmon in a separate vehicle and witnessed the crash.

        The two were taken to a hospital, Ms. McGuffin told the Daily News of Bowling Green.

        The crash snarled traffic along the highway for several hours as firefighters battled the burning tanker truck.


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