E. Tenn. bus driver gets probation for crash that injured 39

Update: An East Tennessee bus driver will not serve any jail time for an accident that injured 39 students.

Brenda Gray was sentenced to two years of probation following her guilty plea on charges of aggravated assault and reckless endangerment.

Gray will be eligible to have her record expunged upon completion of her sentence.

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(WCYB) A former Washington County, Tennessee bus driver could spend time in jail after pleading guilty Friday morning to eight counts of reckless aggravated assault and one count of felony reckless endangerment.

This follows a 2012 school bus crash

that injured 39 David Crockett High School students.

Brenda Gray entered a best interest plea and asked for judicial diversion, which means the conviction could be wiped from her record if she completes the court's requirements.

She pleaded guilty to eight counts of reckless conduct and one count of felony reckless endangerment. She could recieve jail time or probation.

Judge Robert Cupp set a sentencing hearing for Wednesday.

Gray was initially charged with 39 counts of reckless aggravated assault resulting from the September 20, 2012 crash on Mount Wesley Road. Investigators said she was driving nearly twice the speed limit when she went off the side of the road and overcorrected, causing the bus to flip several times.

Gray also pleaded guilty to speeding.


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