At least 23 students hurt in Middle TN school bus crash

About two dozen students from Chester County were injured Friday morning in a crash after a school bus flipped on Interstate 65 in Nashville.

The crash took place about 10:45 a.m. in the northbound lanes near exit 90 and Briley Parkway.

Nashville Fire Department spokesman Brian Haas said nine ambulances responded to the scene and 23 injured students were transported to Skyline Medical Center, Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt and Vanderbilt University Medical Center to be treated for various injuries.

Haas said one suffered a broken collarbone, two suffered serious arm injuries and that none of the injuries appear life threatening.

A woman answering the phones at the Chester County School District confirmed that the bus belongs to the district.

At the scene it appeared more than 100 students from Henderson, Tenn. were traveling in multiple buses to a two-day convention of the Beta Club, a national organization dedicated to promoting “academic achievement, character, service and leadership among elementary and secondary schools students,” according to the organizations’ website.

The convention at the Gaylord Opryland is scheduled to get underway Friday afternoon with students from more than three dozen high schools, according to an agenda posted online.

"We ask Nashvillians for patience if they're awaiting medical care as we have several ambulances attending to injured children in this crash," Haas said.

Just before noon dozens of uninjured students were being transported to the Metro police East Precinct.

At least a dozen Metro police and the Tennessee Highway Patrol patrol vehicles were on scene investigating. The bus was laying on its right side facing north east with its back door open.

About 500 feet behind the flipped bus, two other school buses were stopped in the northbound lanes.

Multiple northbound lanes have been shut down and motorists are being asked to avoid the area.

The wreck is not estimated to be cleared until 3 p.m.


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