1 killed in chain reaction crash near Churchill Downs

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAND) – A pedestrian died in a crash involving buses headed to Kentucky Derby weekend events.

A chain reaction started when a blue car on 7th Street slammed into a small limo-bus as it tried to turn to Arcade Avenue, then lost control and hit a larger bus further down the street. That bus then hit a pedestrian who stood on the sidewalk before it ended up in a parking lot.

The man was in his 60s. He died at the scene. 

People on the large Miller Transportation bus were heading to racetrack Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Oaks. None of them were injured, but the driver of the blue car needed hospital treatment after responders used the jaws of life to free him from inside of it. He was alert and talking after the crash.

The crash damaged two other cars during the chain reaction.

“Today is a day that the city shines,” said Shively Police Lt. Col. Josh Myers. “And there’s a lot of people in from out of town, but unfortunately, these kinds of things happen.”

Miller Transportation released a statement about the pedestrian’s death.

“We wish to express our sorrow and sympathy to the families impacted by this accident,” the statement said. “Miller Transportation places the safe transportation of our customers as well as those we share the road with as our number one priority.”