Metro school bus involved in I-40 rollover crash - WKRN News 2

Metro school bus involved in I-40 rollover crash

Posted: Updated: April 25, 2012 4:01 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

A Metro school bus with students onboard was involved in a rollover crash Wednesday morning on Interstate 40 just east of Nashville.

The wreck was reported just after 8 a.m. in the eastbound lanes of I-40 near Stewarts Ferry Pike exit and J. Percy Priest Dam at mile marker 219.

According to police on the scene, as the driver of an SUV approached the Stones River Bridge overpass, a Metro school bus pulled into the SUV's lane.

To avoid a collision, the driver of the SUV slammed on the brakes, swerved and struck a guard rail, causing the SUV to flip onto its roof.

"Witness accounts and evidence at the scene, the SUV was in the right hand lane, the driver of the SUV stated the driver of the school bus changed lanes abruptly into his lane which caused him to veer to the right, he struck the guard rail over turned numerous times came to a rest," Officer Jeb Johnston said.

The driver of the SUV, a man, was taken to an area hospital with minor injuries.

The school bus was on its way to DuPont Hadley Middle School and made no contact with the SUV.  Eight students were onboard at the time.  No one was injured.

Authorities said the school bus driver immediately pulled to the side of the interstate when he noticed the accident in the mirror.

"He saw the smoke from the car and the car overturning in his right side view mirror," Johnston said.

The driver of the SUV was wearing his seat belt and not seriously hurt.

Police allowed the bus to leave the scene about 30 minutes later so the students could get to school in time for TCAP testing.

Police planned to question the driver of the bus regarding the incident after the students were dropped off at school.

The bus driver was expected to undergo a mandatory drug screening.

The scene was cleared and eastbound lanes of I-40 reopened about an hour later.

Around the same time of the first incident, another DuPont Hadley Middle School bus was involved in a minor crash at the Arbors of Hermitage apartment complex on Old Hickory Boulevard.

Police said the bus struck a sign, causing minor damage.

There were students onboard the bus.  No one was injured.

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