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Bus carrying Bullitt Central cheerleaders involved in head-on collision; no students injured

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The Bullitt Central Cheer team. The Bullitt Central Cheer team.

By Toni Konz and Fallon Glick 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A charter bus with 29 Bullitt Central cheerleaders and three coaches on board was involved in a head-on collision in Georgia early this morning.

According to Keith Davis, Superintendent of the Bullitt County Board of Education, it happened around just before 2 a.m. near Atlanta on Interstate 75 as the bus was headed to Orlando for a national cheerleading competition. 

"As we made impact with the car, a lot of kids woke up at that point, some of them screaming. They were startled, they didn't know what happened," said cheer coach James Moore. "Some glass had kind of flew in from there. By the time I had sat up and looked out, the front windshield of the bus had been broke apart and kind of slid straight down, luckily that didn't shatter."

According to Tracey Watson, a spokesperson for the Georgia Department of Pubic Safety, the driver of a Kia Optima was traveling the wrong way on the interstate when she crashed into the bus. The driver, Alissa Mills, 22, of Atlanta was traveling north in the southbound lanes.

She sustained minor injuries and was taken to Grady Hospital. She is now facing several charges, including: driving under the influence, driving on the wrong side of roadway and reckless driving.

No one on the bus was injured. 

Breeana Fulkerson, a 14-year-old freshman at Bullitt Central, told WDRB's Toni Konz she had just fallen asleep when she was jolted awake by the crash.

"I could hear all of the glass breaking on the bus from the front window," she said. It was very scary."

Breeana's mother, Patty Fulkerson, was already in Florida awaiting the girls' arrival when she received a phone call. 

"It's a call no parent wants to receive," Fulkerson said. "I'm just glad to hear they're all OK."

In order to make it to the competition, the Bullitt Central team received help from Ballard High School, Larue County, and Bullitt East High School. The team and coaches were and given rides on these schools' buses to make it to Orlando. They even practiced the same day as the crash.

"Probably one of our better practices of the year. Amazingly the kids are running on no sleep and haven't had a lot of time to stop to eat and kind of gather ourselves," said Moore.

As for Bullitt Central Principal Andrew Pohlman, after seeing images of the head-on collision, he considers himself and the team blessed.

"We're just very fortunate and thankful that all of our students are okay and they're able to go down there to try to achieve their goals of being national champions," said Pohlman.

Davis says the Bullitt Central students and coaches were checked at the scene for injuries, then placed on the three other buses, which continued on to the Cheer National Championship.

Keith says all parents of the students involved have been notified.


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