An Anderson County school bus landed on its side after trying to avoid an oncoming car Tuesday morning according to the Anderson County School District. Two students were injured and transported to nearby hospitals and a Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper on scene says a third was also taken due to previous health conditions.
Students describe a "scary and chaotic" scene on Johnson Gap Road near Dutch Valley Road. However, they say the 43 students helped each other exit the bus from the rear door. The students were headed to Dutch Valley Elementary School and Clinton Middle and High Schools.
Student, Justin Winsbro, said, "It flipped over and everybody was screaming and yelling and there was this one high schooler and the high schooler I guess started running and one of them opened the back emergency door and I was just yelling at this one middle schooler to, "get me, get me."
10News spoke with the bus driver who was still on scene and visably upset. She has been a bus driver for 13 years. Anderson County School district says this is her first incident. She has been driving this route for seven years.
The Anderson County School District says the bus is run by Parker Transport and they have partnered with the school for years.
The Anderson County School Director of Safety and Transportation, Joe Forgety, said the bus driver swerved to avoid an oncoming car and the tires slide off the road and eventually the bus flipped on its side.
Forgety said, "Everything will be re-evaluated. We will pull video from the bus. We will go back and watch all the video. We will interview students. We will interview the bus driver."
At the time of this posting, Johnson Gap Road near Dutch Valley Road remains closed.
The THP will conduct an investigation into the accident. They are also looking for the car involved.
The Anderson County school system will conduct its own investigation including analyzing on-board video.
Update 8:59 a.m.
(WBIR- Anderson County) The Anderson County Sheriff's Office tells 10News that five students received minor injuries when a school bus crashed on the way to classes Tuesday morning.
Anderson County dispatchers say the accident happened on Johnson Gap Road near Dutch Valley Road just after 8:00 a.m.
The Anderson County School Superintendent tells 10News some of the injured students were taken to the hospital to be observed.
The superintendent also tells 10News that the bus served both Dutch Valley Elementary and Clinton Middle Schools. It had 44 students plus the driver on board.
10News has a crew on scene. Stay with 10News and wbir.com for more information.
(WBIR- Anderson County) Anderson County dispatchers have confirmed crews responded to a school bus accident on Johnson Gap near Dutch Valley Road Tuesday just after 8:00 a.m.
There is no official word on any injuries.
Few details are known at the time of this posting.
10News has a crew en route. Stay with 10News and wbir.com for more on this developing story.