UPDATE | All students picked up after buses stuck for hours in I-71
All lanes of northbound I-71 just south of the Gene Snyder Freeway were closed for several hours blocked due to a multi-vehicle accident.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Nearly 400 JCPS students who were stuck in buses snarled in a multi-vehicle crash on I-71 were eventually picked up Wednesday evening Ballard High School.
All lanes of northbound I-71 just south of the Gene Snyder Freeway were closed for several hours blocked due to a multi-vehicle accident just after 2:30 p.m.
Several school buses carrying about 400 students were temporarily stranded as a result of the crash. According to JCPS, emergency crews came on scene to evacuate students from the buses. Those students were all then taken to Ballard High School, and the last student was picked up around 7 p.m.
"This was an incident beyond our control, but what was not beyond our control was our response to it," JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens said. "I am incredibly proud of the way our staff our students our parents and our administrators responded."
Firefighters and Louisville Metro Police representatives assisted students as they cross the southbound lanes.
No injuries were reported.
These were the buses stuck on I-71:
Atherton 0487, Ballard 0691, Barret 1162, 1238, Central 0477, Eastern 11167, Highland 0487, Liberty 0333, Male 0333, 0776, Manual 0486,0488, Meyzeek, 0609, 0777, Noe 0486, 0488, Shawnee 0335, Western MS 0335 and Westport 0691. Elementary schools impacted include Norton 0691, 0776, 0777, ZT 0333, 0691, 0777, Norton Commons 0487, Dunn 0486, Wilder 0486, Bowen 0488, 0609 and Chancey 0487.
The buses were carrying both high school and elementary school students.
"I think people just got bored and frustrated by sitting there in the heat," said Rohan Kulkarni, a student stranded on one of the buses. "It was a pretty frustrating atmosphere, all told, but by the end, people were just exasperated ... they were just bored wanting to go home.
An ambulance was sent to help the kids who have complained about heat exhaustion. Dispatchers added that a wrecker was there to try to clear the scene as soon as possible.
The interstate reopened just after 8:30 p.m.
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