A collision between a school bus and a car left one man in critical condition in a small town in southeastern Tennessee. On the morning of January 7, a man in Bolivar drove his car into the back of a school bus that was slowing down to pick up more students.
Sam Spencer, the bus driver, reported that he heard a crash just after stopping the bus. The man operating the car was 25 years old, and officials say his car was traveling fast enough that it became lodged underneath the bus. The bus driver exited his vehicle and called for help after he saw the pinned car.
Fortunately, none of the children onboard were injured in the bus accident. Spencer helped the children off the bus and waited with them until other transport arrived. He was initially worried because he saw fluids leaking from the vehicle onto the road.
“I didn’t know if there would be an explosion, so I just wanted to get the kids in a safe position,” he said.
Officials appear to still be investigating the accident and have not released any details about what caused it. Rear-ending collisions like this one often happen when the driver is distracted and does not see that the vehicle ahead has stopped or slowed down. This situation was particularly dangerous because there were small children on the bus and waiting beside the road. On Friday we will discuss how to operate your vehicle safely around school buses.
If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident caused by another’s negligence, contact our Nashville accident lawyer. We may be able to help you get the help you need, so get in touch with us today for a free consultation.
“And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom. And the favor of God was upon him.” – Luke 2:40