Officials praise children's actions in bus crash

By the Associated Press | May 17, 2011 | 6:59 PM EDT

Kentucky State Police troopers gather around a Carlisle County school bus that crashed Monday, May 16, 2011 along U.S. 62 near the intersection of Ky. 307 in Carlisle County near the community of Cunningham, Ky, Ky. One child was killed in the crash, while several of the 29 children on board the bus were injured and taken to hospitals across the region. (AP Photo/The Paducah Sun, Will Pinkston)

BARDWELL, Ky. (AP) — A small western Kentucky community is struggling to deal with a school bus crash that killed a 6-year-old boy and injured many others.

Officials on Tuesday praised the first and second graders aboard for their discipline in the face of trauma on Monday.

Carlisle County ambulance service director Wayne Floyd described most of the almost 30 children on the bus as the "walking wounded." He says the children were scared but followed directions as rescue workers and frantic parents rushed to the scene near Bardwell, Floyd said.

Schools in Kentucky were closed Tuesday for Election Day, but counselors had already been brought to grief-stricken Carlisle Elementary School. That's where the victim, Logan Simpson of Kirbyton, was a student.