A school bus driver involved in a head-on crash in Tennessee was killed alongside a 7-year-old girl on board, authorities said.
The female bus driver was transporting 22 kids and unable to stop in time Tuesday when a Service Electric Company utility vehicle swerved into another lane on State Highway 58 in Meigs County, the Tennessee Highway Patrol said.
One of the students, 13-year-old MJ Vaughn, said that he heard the brakes screech before the bus collided with the vehicle.
“All it was was just a big bang. Everybody was just screaming. There was [sic] people laying on the floor, glass everywhere,” he told WSMV-TV.
The collision claimed the lives of the bus driver and 7-year-old girl, while seven other children suffered injuries, authorities said.
Five kids were airlifted to a hospital and two others were transported by ambulance. One of the students, a boy, was in critical condition and undergoing surgery Tuesday night.
The Service Electric Company driver was treated for minor injuries, officials said.
Authorities have not released the identities of any of the victims, pending family notification.
No charges have been filed in the crash, though authorities have launched an investigation into the matter.
Meigs County Schools confirmed several students were hospitalized and said it’s their understanding that the ones treated at the Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga are in stable condition.
“We sincerely appreciate all of your thoughts, prayers and the outpouring of support that has been shown to Meigs County Schools and our community,” Meigs County Director of Schools Clint Baker and the school board said in the statement.
“Meigs County is a tight-knit community and we know the bond will be important as we navigate the days ahead.”
With Post wires