One of two schools buses carrying members of the Corbin High School band was involved in a hit-and-run wreck Sunday morning.
Band Director Jimmy Cornn said none of the 24 students and adults on the bus were injured when a tractor-trailer truck backed into it.
Cornn said the band was returning from the state band competition in Louisville and had pulled off of Interstate 75 at exit 95 in Richmond to stop at the Love’s Travel Plaza.
After the buses were left the truck stop, they were forced to stop at a traffic light at which the truck was already waiting
“There were some emergency vehicles coming through on a road that runs parallel to the road we were on. I guess the truck driver felt he needed to back up to give them some clearance,” Cornn said explaining that the collision damaged the front passenger side.
Cornn said the truck driver left the scene and got onto the interstate, but was stopped a short time later by Kentucky State Police out of Post 7 in Richmond.
“The last I heard, they were taking care of it,” Cornn said of the police.
Trooper Robert Purdy, Public Affairs Officer at Post 7, said troopers stopped the truck at the 110-milemarker on northbound I-75.
The driver told police that while he had a green light at the time, he backed up to provide clearance for a fire truck that was coming through the intersection.
“He didn’t even know he had backed into the bus,” Purdy said of the truck driver.
Police took the driver’s information and it has been added to the wreck report.
Corbin Independent Schools Superintendent Dave Cox said a new bus was sent from Corbin to pick up and return the individuals to Corbin.