Recent school bus crashes prompt Hamilton County, law enforcement response
UPDATE (September 5th):
A school bus carrying 11 students to Hixson Middle and Hixson High was rear-ended Thursday morning.
This happened on Moody Sawyer Road. No children were injured, and another bus took the kids on to school, according to Hamilton County Schools spokesman Tim Hensley.
(UPDATE: 5 P.M.)
First Student is in its first year providing transportation for Hamilton County students, but there have already been eight total accidents involving a school bus since the start of the school year. Anita Brown with first student says that only three were at the fault of the bus driver. Those three include two instances of running into a poll at school, and one instance of clipping a window of the bus, all considered minor incidents. But not all were minor, especially the crash Friday that sent several to the hospital.
Ashley Kultau had her 15 year old son Trevor on the bus and says
"He was definitely rattled he wasn’t hurt thank goodness but it’s scary for kids to be in a situation like that".
She adds that her son is now afraid to ride the bus after being in his second accident in six days as of this morning when Trevor's bus had a tire get stuck in a ditch. Tim Hensely with Hamilton County Schools says one child received medical attention.
"The student was transported to Erlanger to make sure everything was okay there".
Hamilton County Schools and Law enforcement team up to promote safety on the roads around school buses.
There will be a press conference talking at 9:30 a.m. at the Hamilton County Schools Central Office Thursday.
This comes after several crashes involving school buses in August.
We have reported on five accidents involving Hamilton County school buses so far this school year, with the most recent being Wednesday morning.
Most of them have been minor.
But there was a serious crash from August 23 in Harrison.
It was a head-on crash with a bus and a jeep.
It sent 13 students and the driver of the jeep to the hospital.
There were about 50 students from Brown Middle and Central High Schools on board at the time. They were heading home after school.
In four out of the five accidents we have reported, school officials say the bus drivers were not at fault.
ACCIDENTS WITHIN LAST 2 WEEKS
- August 28- Hit and Run
- August 27- Soddy-Daisy minor crash
- August 23- Head-on Crash
- August 19- Bus Rear-ended
First Student bus service is now in charge of the bus system.
The board ended its contract with Durham just before this school year.
That is the company that hired the driver convicted in the Woodmore bus crash where six children died in 2016.