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A collision involving an ECHS student and a county bus which occurred at the intersection of Houchin Ferry Road and the school's private road known as "Field House Road," resulted in only minor damage and no injuries, according to the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office.
The Sheriff's Office reported that Kyle Kittredge (17), of Brownsville pulled onto Houchin Ferry Road in a 2003 Dodge Dakota pickup from the Field House Road and into the path of county bus number 202 around 2:40pm today as school was being dismissed. Both vehicles collided at the intersection, according to officials.
Kittredge was the holder of a driver's learning permit but was accompanied by an adult licensed driver, officials said.
Both Edmonson County High School officials and the Sheriff's Office confirmed that there were only two adults on the bus, the driver and a monitor, both of which were unnamed. No students were on the bus and officials said the bus driver was not at fault.
Principal Tommy Hodges said that while the damage to the bus's front end was minor, the bus would undergo a complete inspection and evaluation before and after repairs.
Everyone involved in the collision refused treatment on scene from Edmonson EMS.
EC Schools Transportation Director Lanny Deweese said even though no students were on the bus, drivers should use extreme caution around school buses, especially during the morning and afternoon rush periods.
"We'd like to ask everyone to slow down and use more caution," he said. "Thankfully, there were no students on this bus, but you never know what could happen in these types of situations. Buses don't handle as easily as a passenger car, so we urge everyone to please be more careful."