Bus driver Kimberly Davis, whose only passengers were her 14-year-old daughter Kassandra and 11-year-old son Darien, had almost made it to her Lock E Road home when, attempting to brake while approaching a stop sign at the bottom of a hill on East Ross School Road, she began to lose control of her bus, No. 11.
A Trigg County Sheriff’s Office accident report estimated Davis was traveling between 10 and 20 miles per hour when she attempted to apply the brakes.
The report says Davis ran off the left shoulder of the road at about 4:00 p.m. just before it intersects with Lock E Road, which the bus then traveled across, coming to a stop when it hit the right shoulder of Lock E Road. The report cites snow and slush as influencing factors in the accident.
Mark Harris, Director of Transportation for the Trigg County School System, said the bus’ front-right tire blew when it hit a culvert as it drifted across the East Ross shoulder, negating any chance Davis may have had of regaining control.
The accident report doesn’t list any injuries sustained by Davis or her children. Attempts to contact Davis were unsuccessful.
The bus is currently sitting, with a flat tire and it’s rear bumper almost torn off, in the school bus depot parking lot. Harris said the bus hasn’t yet been mechanically inspected to determine if it was totaled in the accident, though he added that the bus was eleven years old.