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School Bus Crash – HOT SPRINGS


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Public Release – HOT SPRINGS POLICE DEPARTMENT (Officer 1st Class Joey Williams)

School Bus Crash

April 20, 2018 @ 7:55 am

2001 Honda Accord driven by Karen Cook, 53, of Pine Bluff was eastbound on Silver Street approaching Crescent Street.

A 2007 International school bus, driven by Johnny Dorsey, 60, of Malvern was northbound on Silver Street. Dorsey was the only occupant in the bus. No children onboard.

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As Cook approached the intersection, she applied her brakes, but her brakes failed. Cooks vehicle (front) struck the buses front left tire area.

The school bus left the roadway and traveled approximately 125 feet, striking a drainage culvert, AT&T box, Entergy power pole and a stop sign, breaking all.

Cook had two minors in the vehicle with her. A four year old and a 10 year old.

Cook had an open would to her left leg, the 10 year old complained of chest pain and the four year old had an abrasion and swelling on his forehead. All in Cook’s vehicle were transported to an area hospital.

Cook will be cited for:
Defective brakes, Driving On A Suspended Drivers License and no child safety seat.