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Rowdy Students are cause of Accident, Claims Driver

Jonathan Hernandez7 months ago

WBIR News is reporting that a school bus driver from Knox County is saying that the loud and rowdy passengers in the school bus are what caused him to be distracted and to hit a stopped car on the roadway in an accident that happened earlier this month.

Details About the Knox County School Bus Accident

After hitting the stopped car, the bus then ran off the road. A total of 14 students were injured in the accident that happened on February 3.

The bus was transporting 55 students home from Cedar Bluff Elementary School at the time of the accident, and was attempting to turn left to Dutchtown Road from North Cedar Bluff Road, when the bus driver hit a car that was parked in the turn lane, and then ran off the road and into a small tree.

A crash report of the accident from the Knox County Sheriff’s Department indicated that the driver, 74-year-old David Yager, told investigators that some of the students on the bus were being rowdy, so he thought something was happening on the bus.

The commotion on the bus caused the driver to look up at the mirror to see what was happening – it was then that his eyes were diverted from the road and the accident happened.

The report from the accident also indicates that no violations are listed against the driver.

At least 12 of the children on the bus were taken to the hospital via ambulance to be checked. Four other children were taken to the hospital by their parents for evaluation as a precaution. The driver of the bus and the driver of the vehicle that was hit by the bus were both uninjured.

A spokesperson from the Knox County School System said that the bus driver has been involved in two other small accidents, both of which were minor. No students were injured in either of those accidents.

Important Information about School Bus Accidents

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • Between the years of 2004 and 2013, there were a total of 1,214 fatal school-transportation vehicle accidents in the United States.
  • Most of the accidents happened during the school-transportation vehicle busy hours – between 7-8 a.m. and 3-4 p.m.
  • From 2004-2013, there was an annual average of 134 fatalities per year in accidents that involved school-transportation vehicles. 

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