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One Dead, Several Injured in Head-On Crash Involving School Bus

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One person is dead after crashing head-on into a Hancock County school bus on Wednesday.

The Kentucky State Police said emergency crews were sent to KY 1389 in Hawesville, Kentucky, around 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday after someone called in about a crash involving a school bus there.

Authorities say a car driven by 27-year-old Donavon E. Elmendorf of Lewisport was traveling east on KY 1389 when it crossed the center line and crashed head-on into the school bus.

Elmendorf was pronounced dead at the scene.

KSP says that there were five other people in Elmendorf's car at the time of the crash. Three of those passengers were children who were airlifted to Louisville for their injuries. The other two passengers were adults who were also taken to the hospital. All five of those passengers remain hospitalized in stable condition.

The driver of the school bus was taken to the hospital with possible back injuries. KSP says five students and a monitor were also on the bus at the time of the crash but that non of them were injured.

"You had five students and all five are ok, that is the blessing to this," KSP Trooper Corey King said. "Unfortunately, there was one fatality in the other vehicle but it really says a lot about school bus safety as well as how well-trained the operators of these buses are."

The portion of KY 1389 where the crash happened was closed while crews worked to clear the scene but has since reopened.

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