MEIGS COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) — A 7-year-old student and a bus driver were killed in a crash in Meigs County Tuesday afternoon, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

Troopers said the crash, which involved a school bus and a Service Electric utility service vehicle, happened along Highway 58 near Lamontville Road.

Twenty-two students were onboard the bus involved, the THP said. Seven of those students were transported to a hospital, where one was listed in critical condition.

“Never in your wildest dreams do you know when you go out the door in the morning that you’ll deal with something like this. It’s hard for me, I can just imagine the way our families are feeling right now, it’s a tragedy,” said Clint Baker, Director of Meigs County Schools.

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The names of the child and driver killed were not immediately released.

Service Electric released the following statement on the incident:

“This investigation is ongoing, and so is our ability to provide information is limited. We are assisting law enforcement authorities in the ongoing investigation, and our hearts and prayers go out to those involved in the accident.”

The crash remains under investigation by the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

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Tennessee Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn released the following statement on the incident: 

“I and the entire staff at the Tennessee Department of Education are deeply saddened to hear about the fatal bus crash in Meigs County earlier this afternoon. No words can express our sympathies for those lives that were lost. We send our deepest condolences to the students, families, school staff and leaders, district staff and the entire Meigs County community affected by this tragic accident and wish healing for all those injured. The department has communicated with district leaders and staff in Meigs County and surrounding areas and is mobilizing to support this community in safety response and services.”  

Blood Assurance sent out a tweet requesting blood donations following the crash.