Seven Students Injured in Jackson County School Bus Crash on Route 21
Posted on behalf of Stewart Bell, PLLC on Oct 31, 2016 in Car Accidents
Seven students suffered minor injuries and were taken to a nearby hospital for examination after a rear-end crash involving two Jackson County school buses on Thursday, Oct. 27, around 7 a.m. on Route 21. The buses were transporting a total of 50 students.
According to Jackson County Sheriff Tony Boggs, one bus rear-ended the other after the driver did not realize that the other bus had stopped. Fortunately, the bus was traveling too slow to cause a severe accident.
Initially, seven students were taken to the hospital for examination and were released with minor injuries. Later, more students were taken to the hospital by their parents, but those students were also released with minor injuries.
Both bus drivers underwent drug and alcohol testing and were not found to be intoxicated. They received clearance to continue driving and were back on the road on Friday.
Keith Burdette, Jackson County Assistant Superintendent, stated that it was a minor auto accident and expressed gratitude that the collision was not severe.
The county school system will analyze surveillance footage as a precaution to ensure neither driver acted in error.
Sheriff Tony Boggs does not anticipate that any charges will be filed related to the accident.
Route 21, also known as Charleston Road, remained shut down south of Young Hollow Road for approximately an hour after the wreck.
While Thursday's bus accident was a result of careless driving, it did not result in any deaths or severe injuries.
Unfortunately, careless or reckless driving often does cause serious harm to drivers, passengers and pedestrians.
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