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15 Students, Bus Driver Hospitalized When School Bus Rear-Ended

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CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Fifteen students and a bus driver were taken to the hospital after a school bus was rear-ended in Clarksville on Friday morning.

Officials with Clarksville-Montgomery Schools said the bus was hit by a Mercury Mountaineer driven by a 16-year-old girl around 7 a.m. near the corner of Dunbar Cave Road and Warfield Boulevard.

Ten students and the bus driver were transported to Gateway Medical Center with complaints of neck and/or head pain. Another five students were picked up at the scene by their parents and transported to the hospital to have them checked out.

All of the students and driver were reportedly in good condition.

The 16-year-old driver was cited for following too closely.

The 42 students who were not taken to the hospital were picked up by a second school bus, which took them to Rossview Middle and Rossview High Schools.

While they were boarding the second school bus around 8 a.m., a Dodge Caravan, unaware of the bus crash, made a right turn on to Dunbar Dave Road, and side-swiped the second bus when he couldn't stop due to faulty brakes. The vehicle ran off the side of the road near a golf course.

The driver, 21-year-old Alec Bachand, told police that he was aware of the brake problems, using the emergency brake to stop the vehicle, and was taking the vehicle to be repaired. He was charged with reckless driving, operating an unsafe vehicle and no insurance.

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