Church bus from Smyrna involved in I-65 crash in Kentucky

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) - A bus carrying a church youth group from Tennessee collided with a tractor trailer and a passenger car Monday on Interstate 65, leaving several people injured and closing a section of the road, police said.

The passengers on the bus ranged in age from 8 to their early teens, Kentucky State Police said. Northbound I-65 was closed near mile marker 13, south of Bowling Green.

State police said that none of the injuries required hospital treatment, and that the children would be taken to Living Hope Baptist Church in Bowling Green, about 60 miles north of Nashville, Tenn.

The children were part of a youth group from First Baptist Church in the Nashville suburb of Smyrna, Tenn., church administrator Nathaniel Hale said.

Hale said he was not aware of any injuries among those on the bus.

The bus was traveling to the Lexington suburb of Georgetown for a weeklong church camp at Georgetown College, Hale said.

"Everybody is perfectly fine, and we're figuring out arrangements on getting them to camp," Hale said.

The church used a charter bus for the trip and did not own the vehicle, Hale said. The operator of the bus, Smyrna Motorcoach, didn't immediately respond to a call seeking comment Monday.

The bus crash is the second in less than a month in south-central Kentucky. A tour bus crashed on June 25 when a driver apparently began to doze and ran off the road.

Two people were killed and 64 injured when the bus struck an overpass on I-65 north of Bowling Green.

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