Three people were killed when two school buses collided into each other in Knoxville, Tennessee on Tuesday at 3:00pm. An adult teacher’s aide on one of the buses was killed. Twenty-three other children were taken to the hospital; twenty of them were released. The buses were from two different elementary schools, Sunnyview Primary School and Chilhowee Intermediate School. The children on the buses were in the kindergarten through the third grade.
The two buses were headed in opposite directions on Asheville Highway when one bus turned left for an unknown reason, crossed a concrete median, and struck the other bus on the side. The bus that was struck flipped over and slid down the highway. The other bus only received front end damage.
Accident Investigators from the Knoxville Police Department are investigating the crash with members of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, but the exact cause of the crash is not known. According to The Weather Channel, there was rain in the Knoxville area at the time of the crash. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) also sent a crash investigation team to Knoxville to assist in the investigation.
Neither school held classes on Wednesday. [Read more…]