Around 7:20 a.m. Saturday morning, a car entered the opposite lane of the highway in California, Kentucky, and struck a charter bus carrying Covington Catholic students coming home from March for Life. The bus was one of four buses carrying 200 students and parents returning from D.C.

One eyewitness described the crash:

“I saw a car come across the median and head toward me. “I was able to get out of the way.”

Children onboard the bus used emergency exit windows to escape

Two people on the “Gold Shield Transportation” charter bus were taken to the hospital and about four other passengers had minor injuries.

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The driver of the car died at the scene.

Parents say a priest with the Diocese of Covington was also among the caravan and performed a final blessing over the driver of the car killed in the crash.

WLWT reports that a statement was released from the Diocese of Covington:

“This morning, a bus carrying students and chaperones home from the March for Life in Washington, DC was involved in an accident. EMT personnel and the Campbell County police have been at the scene and are handling the matter. Please join us in praying for everyone involved in this accident.”

Covington Catholic was in the spotlight last year when, during the school’s March for Life visit in D.C., one student was wrongfully slandered by CNN for the expression he made in a confrontation with American Indian Nathan Phillips. The student, Nicholas Sandmann, sued CNN and just won an undisclosed about in a settlement with CNN.

Sandmann returned to the March for Life this year:

It’s not known if Sandmann was on the bus that was hit.


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