Officials said that in a school bus accident in Tennessee, at least two people were killed, including a seven-year-old girl, and seven others were injured.
Lieutenant Bill Miller of the Tennessee Highway Patrol said at a press conference that a school bus carrying 22 children in Megs County crashed. When the multi-purpose service vehicle operated by Service Electric lost control and drove into an oncoming vehicle, the school bus was heading south. Miller said the child and the bus driver were killed.
Police said seven other children were injured and hospitalized at Elland Children’s Hospital in Chattanooga, one of whom was in critical condition. No other details are immediately available.
Miller added that after the utility vehicle turned to the opposite lane, the bus driver had no opportunity to stop. The driver of the electric service vehicle was slightly injured.
Andy Berke, the mayor of Chattanooga, expressed condolences to the family.
Burke said on Twitter: “I am very sad to hear the news from Mags County about the serious school bus crash tonight.”
Tennessee Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn said in a statement that the Department of Education is also “deeply saddened” by the lives lost in the plane crash and is speechless.
Schwinn said: “We extend our deepest condolences to the students, families, school staff and leaders, district staff and the entire Meigs County community who were affected by this tragic accident, and we wish all the injured will recover.”
“The department has communicated with regional leaders and staff in Meigs County and surrounding areas, and is mobilizing to support the community’s security response and services.”
Local authorities will review whether it is necessary to charge drivers of multi-purpose service vehicles, pending further investigation.