FLEMINGSBURG -- One man was airlifted after he collided head on with a Fleming County School bus Wednesday.

According to Fleming County Sheriff Gary Kinder, at approximately 7:30 a.m., John Vice, of Fleming County, was driving home in a Fleming County School bus when he collided with a 2011 Toyota Camry, operated by Matthew Presley, of Fleming County.

Vice was traveling east on Energy Road, south of Elizaville and Presley was traveling west when they hit head on.

Kinder said the cause of the accident is unknown.

Both drivers were transported to the hospital, according to Kinder.

"Both drivers were taken to Fleming County Hospital," Kinder said. "Mr. Presley was later airlifted to, I believe, (the University of Kentucky.) where is being treated for pretty severe injuries."

According to Kinder, there were no children on board the bus at the time of the accident.

"It's my understanding the driver of the bus was on his way home," Kinder said.

Kinder said the accident remains under investigation by the Fleming County Sheriff's Office. His office was assisted at the scene by the Flemingsburg Volunteer Fire Department and Fleming County Emergency Services.

Superintendent Brian Creasman said though no children were involved in the accident, parents were immediately notified.

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"It happened early this morning and we notified parents as soon as we heard about the accident," Creasman said. "No children were on board at the time and the bus driver was taken to the hospital. He is doing well, but a little shaken."

Creasman said both vehicles also received a large amount of damage.

"There was substantial damage to both vehicles," Creasman said. "I don't believe the accident was weather related, but everyone is still trying to determine the cause of the accident."

Creasman said he could release no further information.


Christy Howell-Hoots is a reporter for The Ledger Independent newspaper, covering Bracken County

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