A bus driver will likely be brought up on charges after crashing her bus full of students on the afternoon of September 15, according to local sources. Tennessee emergency responders came to the scene of the accident around 3 p.m. to discover injured children on board the bus. So far, however, the driver has not been formally charged with a crime.
According to students aboard the bus, the driver crossed the center line and sideswiped a tractor-trailer headed in the other direction. The force of the impact shattered windows throughout the bus and removed part of the side of the vehicle, forcing the bus off the road. When the bus came to rest, students escaped out the rear of the vehicle.
Of the forty students aboard the bus at the time of the accident, 10 were taken to a local hospital but are expected to recover. Several other students received treatment on site and were subsequently transported to school by several other buses that arrived on the scene. The driver, who was unconscious when authorities arrived, was also taken to the hospital in fair condition. Police are still determining whether they will file charges against her.
Regardless of the outcome of the Tennessee police investigation, parents of the students injured in the accident will be entitled to file personal injury suits against the driver and possibly also the company that employed her. Obviously, if a criminal conviction is obtained, this will strengthen these civil suits. However, even if the woman is not convicted, evidence of her culpability can be used to push the civil suits forward.
Source: wreg.com, "School bus driver could face charges for crash", Ashley Crockett and Wayne Carter, Sept. 15, 2014