On September 20, a school bus carrying 67 passengers flipped on a road in northeast Tennessee. The bus was taking children home from David Crockett High School when the driver allegedly overcorrected as the vehicle started to drift off the side of the road. Witnesses report that the bus rolled two or three times and landed on its side.
Emergency responders took 28 passengers (27 students and 1 adult) to nearby hospitals for treatment. Most injuries were minor, though there were two critical injuries that required surgery: one student had a broken femur, and another had a head wound and a spinal cord injury. 12 students had to spend the night in the hospital.
Bus Driver Charged
Tennessee Highway Patrol launched an investigation into the bus accident. In the press conference embedded above, Distract Attorney Tony Clark listed the charges against bus driver Brenda Grey. The charges include:
- Eight counts of aggravated reckless assault
- 31 counts of reckless endangerment
- Failure to maintain or exercise control of the vehicle
- Speeding (Clark said Grey was driving at least 30 mph over the posted speed limit)
- Reckless driving
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 11,000 bus accidents caused injuries in 2010.
Clark said that Grey’s driving was reckless because she was responsible for many students’ lives. We strongly agree that bus drivers have a responsibility to adhere to every law when they are responsible for several dozen students’ lives. We are very thankful that no one died in this accident.
If a negligent driver caused your injury or a loved one’s death, feel free to call our office today to schedule a free consultation at (615) 845-6141. We can help you seek justice against wrongdoing.
“Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.” – Psalm 127:3
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