Fiery Lincoln Co. bus crash under investigation; Driver undergoes mandatory drug test


Investigators are working to figure out what caused a fiery crash involving a school bus and an SUV in Lincoln County.

It happened around 6:45 a.m. on Monday at the corner of Huntsville Highway and Houk Lane.

News 2 reached out to Lincoln County Schools and district superintendent Bill Heath said the investigation is on-going, but the bus driver has taken a mandatory drug test and went to a local hospital.

This is part of district procedure any time there is a school bus crash.

(Photo: Tennessee Highway Patrol)

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Pictures captured what appeared to be the head-on collision between the bus and the SUV.

Heath said the crash happened before the route started, so no kids were on board.

Heath said both bus drivers and students are trained on emergency evacuations with annual mandatory drills.

He said each evacuation process is situational, but in most cases, exiting to safety would happen using the front, back or both ends of the bus.

No word yet on the results of the bus driver’s drug test.

The driver of the SUV went to a local hospital to be checked out.

Heath said based on the results of the investigation, the district will review its safety procedures to see if any changes are necessary.

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