Several students were transported to an area hospital late Thursday afternoon after being involved in a school bus crash in Ashland City.
The accident was reported around 3:15 p.m. near Simpkins Drive and West Cheatham Elementary School on Highway 12.
Authorities told Nashville's News 2 bus No. 44, which was carrying 30 children, was rear-ended by an SUV when the bus stopped to let passengers off.
"When she hit us, I slammed in the front of the seat and I hit my head on the metal piece on the window," one student said, adding, "We were all scared. One of my friends did not want to get on the ambulance, she was so scared and I had to help her on there and everything."
Twelve students, whose ages range from seven to 15-years-old, were transported by ambulance to Centennial Medical Center at Ashland City.
Hospital administrator Darrell White added a parent brought a thirteenth student, who was involved in the accident, to the hospital a short time later.
The bus driver was also transported.
"They all had very minor injuries," White said. "[The injuries were] mostly bumps and strains. There were no lacerations or fractures of any kind."
Several students and witnesses reported seeing the driver of the SUV texting prior to the crash. The driver also reportedly had an unrestrained child in the front seat.
"For a parent to allow their child, a youngster to sit in the front seat and not to be bucked in is just ridiculous," parent John Williams said. "You are asking for a tragedy and it is unfortunate that it happened, but if she was not texting or speeding she could have avoided the accident I believe."