Students Receive Minor Injuries In School Bus Crash
By Chris Cannon
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Five ambulances had to be dispatched to the scene of a school bus wreck Wednesday afternoon in South Nashville.
The crash happened on westbound Interstate 40 near Fesslers Lane at 2:10 p.m. The school bus was the last link in the chain reaction crash.
A spokeswoman from Metro Nashville Public Schools said nine students were on board at the time of the crash. Two people were reported to be injured and all the students were transported to a local hospital as a precaution.
The students, from Spectrum Academy, were said to be between the ages of 10 and 13 and were all reported to be in stable condition at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.
"These were a lot of what we call soft tissue injuries, bumps and bruises," said Dr. Thomas Abramo.
A truck from Midwest Transportation was the vehicle at the center of the wreck.
Anita Wheeler owns the company. She rushed to the scene when she got word of the wreck. Wheeler talked to her driver on the phone when she could not get to the scene along the interstate. He explained to her how the crash occurred.
"The other truck stopped and he hit him in the rear end and then he didn't even get out the car, get out of the truck until the tractor and trailer took off and the bus hit him," Wheeler said.
The truck driver had broken fingers. While Wheeler was concerned about his well-being, she was more concerned about the students involved in the wreck.
"You know everything can happen, but when you have kids involved. It's not good," Wheeler said.
Metro Nashville Public Schools will conduct its own safety investigation into the incident.