School bus, semi-truck collide on I-40 - WKRN News 2

School bus, semi-truck collide on I-40

Posted: Updated: Nov 7, 2012 9:18 PM

Several students were transported to an area hospital after their school bus collided with a tractor trailer on Interstate 40 in Nashville Wednesday afternoon.

The crash was reported around 2:15 p.m. in the westbound lanes of I-40 at Hermitage Avenue, just past Fesslers Lane and east of downtown.

Fire officials on the scene were unsure exactly how the wreck happened but it appears the front of the school bus clipped the rear end of the tractor trailer.

It's not clear if the driver of the school bus or the driver of the tractor trailer caused the collision.

A spokesperson for Metro Schools said the bus involved runs a route from Spectrum Academy, a private school that specializes in educating students with developmental delays, behavioral issues or other emotional issues that make a specialized school environment necessary.

There were nine students, who were between the ages of 10 to 13 years old, and the driver onboard the bus at the time.

Many suffered minor injuries, but all nine were transported from the scene as a precaution.

"A lot of them have injuries to their arms and their legs. One child has an injury to his mouth, but none of them have a significant loss of, or any loss of consciousness, any head injury, anything like that. They just have the usual bumps and bruises that you get in a motor vehicle accident," said Dr. Thomas Abramo, Director of Pediatric Emergency Medicine.

He added, "I think they're dazed, but they are slowly getting there. We have the child life specialists, we have the social worker, we have the nurses and everybody kind of making them understand where they are at and what's going on so they seem to be doing pretty good."

The driver of the bus and the driver of the tractor trailer also suffered minor injuries and were taken to the hospital.

As a result of the collision, the load inside the trailer shifted and crashed into the cab of the semi-truck

Because of the load shift, officials said it could be awhile before the truck is removed.

Investigators have not said exactly what the truck was carrying.

The cause of the wreck remains under investigation.

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