Pedestrian killed in crash involving bus carrying Oaks Day patrons to Churchill Downs
The crash happened about 10:20 a.m. at Seventh Street and Arcade Avenue.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A pedestrian was killed in a crash involving five vehicles including a bus carrying Oaks Day patrons to Churchill Downs.
The coachline-style bus, a car and a limo-bus were involved in a crash about 10:20 a.m. on Friday on Seventh Street and Arcade Avenue. That's just a a few blocks from the track.
Shively Police Lt. Col. Josh Myers says investigators are sorting out details, but they believe a northbound car on Seventh street hit a limo-bus turning on to Arcade Avenue. The car lost control, went into the southbound lanes and hit the larger bus, which ended up in a parking lot. Two other cars were hit during the chain reaction crash.
Myers tells WDRB that a man in his 60s standing on the sidewalk was hit by the bus and died at the scene. The bus, which has a Miller Transportation logo on the side, was filled with people headed to the track for the Kentucky Oaks.
One person in the car had to be rescued from his crumpled vehicle by the jaws of life. That person's condition is not known, but Myers says the man was alert and talking, when he was taken to University Hospital.
Myers said it's a terrible thing to happen-- especially on Oaks Day.
"Today is a day that the city shines. And there's a lot of people in from out of town, but unfortunately, these kind of things happen," he said.
Miller Transportation released the following statement after the crash:
Miller Transportation is cooperating fully with authorities in the investigation of this incident. We wish to express our sorrow and sympathy to the families impacted by this accident. Miller Transportation places the safe transportation of our customers as well as those we share the road with as our number one priority.
In September 2017, Miller Transportation received a Satisfactory rating, the highest, from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
Arcade Avenue was expected to open late Friday afternoon.
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