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Man dies after car strikes bus

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By Thomas Barr

 BELMONT -- A Louisville man died when he collided with a Bullitt County school bus.

The 11 students were transported to Jewish Hospital Medical Center South in Hillview as a precaution. None suffered any injuries.

According to Lt. Mike Murdoch, spokesman for the Bullitt County Sheriff's Office, Bullitt County School Bus 854 was stopped at the corner of Highway 61 and Belmont Road.

The northbound bus was stopped with the red lights flashing and both the stop stick and front swing arm deployed.

Murdoch said a 2002 Silver Mercury Grand Marquis struck the rear end of the bus at 6:25 a.m.

According to witnesses and from evidence at the scene, Thomas Crowder, 86, of Louisville, did not hit his brakes.

There was a student who was entering the bus at the time of the accident.

Superintendent Keith Davis said the students were taken to the hospital as a precaution. All were discharged as of 10:30 a.m. on Friday.

Murdoch said the office's collision reconstruction team was still investigating the accident. It appeared the bus was operating in the correct manner with all of its emergency equipment in place.

Alcohol is not suspected but Murdoch said toxicology reports will give investigators more information.

Crowder was pronounced dead at the scene by the Bullitt County coroner's office.