JEFFERSON COUNTY, Tenn. — UPDATE (2:30 p.m.): Officials said that a Jefferson County school bus serving the New Market community was involved in an accident. They said that despite originally reporting that a falling tree had struck the bus, officials are unsure if the tree had fallen prior to the bus hitting it.
They said it was still dark at the time of the accident, with heavy rain making it harder to see.
It occurred on Rutledge Road in Jefferson County, and no students were injured. A substitute bus was immediately sent out, and students were taken to their schools. Families were also notified on the district's web pages and social media accounts.
Inspectors will evaluate the damage to the bus later Tuesday.
“Our drivers have enormous responsibility each day to transport our students to their schools and homes," said Shane Johnston, the director of schools. "Today reminds us that accidents and out of the ordinary events take place from time to time and we are grateful that no one was injured.”
No injuries were reported after a tree limb broke off and struck a bus serving the New Market area Tuesday morning, officials said.
The bus experienced some damage and inspectors will be assessing it.
The main area of impact on the bus initially seems to be on the front right corner of the bus and near the door, officials said.
The students were picked up by another bus and transported to their respective campuses, according to Jefferson County Schools.
According to officials, the bus involved carries students that attend New Market Elementary, Jefferson Middle School, and Jefferson County High School.
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