Bus Carrying Covington Students Involved in Fatal Crash Following March for Life Rally

Posted: Jan 25, 2020 2:10 PM
Bus Carrying Covington Students Involved in Fatal Crash Following March for Life Rally

Source: AP Photo/Bryan Woolston

Covington Catholic High School students are back in the news after a charter bus carrying a group of students and chaperones was involved in a fatal accident on its way back from the March for Life rally in Washington, D.C. One person was reportedly killed and several more injured in the collision that took place Saturday morning.

(Via WLWT-TV Cincinnati)

According to witnesses on the scene, a southbound car somehow entered the northbound lanes of the highway, striking the charter bus head-on.

"I saw a car come across the median and head toward me," said Ricky Lynn, a witness who was also driving north. "I was able to get out of the way."

The driver of the wrong-way car was pronounced dead at the scene. That driver's name has not been released.

Two people on the bus were taken to area hospitals for treatment, and others suffered minor injuries. The motor coach driver suffered a minor knee injury, the bus company said.

The bus was full of Covington Catholic High School students and several parent chaperones, who were returning from the March for Life rally in Washington. The bus was one of four in a caravan, carrying a total of about 200 passengers.

The front passenger side of the bus was badly damaged in the crash, and the children onboard used emergency exit windows to escape.

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

At the March for Life rally in 2019, a group of students from Covington Catholic High School were taunted by members of the Black Hebrew Israelites, a black supremacist hate group. The Catholic students were subjected to racist and homophobic remarks for over an hour before a Native American activist approached the group of students as he loudly banged on a drum. When one of the students, Nicholas Sandmann, donning a Make America Great Again hat, simply smirked in response to the activist beating his drum loudly in the child's face, various left-wing media outlets and figures smeared the student as a "racist" and made other disparaging attacks.

Earlier this month, CNN settled a multimillion-dollar defamation suit with Nicholas Sandman. The student's attorney said in a recent interview that his team also has pending lawsuits against NBC and The Washington Post, with plans of adding other news outlets, such as ABC and CBS, as well as HBO host Bill Maher and CNN anchor Reza Aslan as additional defendants.