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Hospitals respond to dozens injured in JCPS bus crash

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LOUISVILLE, Ky (WDRB) -- Dozens of Waggener High School students went to the hospital Tuesday afternoon after the bus bringing them back from an early college campus visit crashed.

Besides those students, five adults, including the bus driver, also went to the hospital. Another juvenile from a separate accident in the opposite lane was also transported.

The patients were taken to Norton Brownsboro Hospital, Suburban Hospital, Kosair Children's Hospital Brownsboro, Baptist Hospital East, and University Hospital. WDRB News is told the injuries range from critical to minor.

Wednesday morning, U of L Hospital discharged six of its 12 patients, with those remaining in satisfactory to fair condition.  No one faced life threatening injuries.  One person is still at Kosair Children's Hospital.

The injured were taken to the separate facilities to ensure everyone could receive immediate medical treatment.

WDRB crews watched at least four ambulances take patients to University Hospital where they were immediately rushed into the trauma center.

"Approximately 6 of those people are in critical condition most of the people on the bus were mid to late teens," said Alicia Smiley with LMPD.

Trauma surgeon at University Hospital Dr. Glen Franklin called it a coordinated effort across the county.

"This is kind of why we have a trauma center, to handle these kinds of things. We have literally over a dozen physicians and nurses in a multi disciplinary fashion working to get people through as quickly as possible," said Franklin.

His emergency room treated eleven of the injured.

Principal of Waggener High Katy Zeitz wouldn't take questions from the media but did talk to our reporters outside University Hospital.

"We're relieved obviously that all students are stable. We've accounted for all kids that were involved and my staff that were involved as well," said Zeitz.

She says one of the first priorities was to inform all family members of the accident.

"We have systems in place in Jefferson County and at Waggener to deal with emergencies so we've talked to all families," she said.

Some of the families couldn't be reached by phone, so school resource staff went to their homes to ensure everyone was aware.

Michelle Johnson was relieved to learn her son was okay.

"A little banged up he's going to be hurting tomorrow because of the tension and everything he's going to be hurting," said Johnson.

"We have broken bones we've identified already. We have many people complaining of jaw problems so my suspicion is their face hit a seat or something, broken jaw," said Dr. Franklin.

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