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Fourteen People Hurt In School Bus Crash

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 ASHLAND CITY, Tenn. - Thirteen students and a bus driver went to the hospital after a bus wreck near Ashland City Thursday afternoon.

Officials said the wreck happened on Highway 12 North, about a half mile from West Cheatham Elementary School. The school bus was rear-ended by another driver in a mini van when it was stopped to let students off near Simpkins Drive.

"I was talking to my friend and I looked back and it was all there, all at once," said 8th grade student Mackenzie Mantlo.

She was one of 12 students taken to Tri Star Ashland City Medical Center, along with their bus driver. Another student was driven to the hospital.

No one involved received serious injuries during the wreck.

"Mostly strains, bumps, strains. No lacerations, no fractures of any kind so they were, it was a very minor accident," said hospital administrator Darrell White.

By early evening almost all the injured passengers had been released from the hospital. Ann Entrikin's son Bryson was on the bus.

"He's sore and doesn't feel good, but other than that he said he's ok," she said.

But Entrikin was also sore because she said no one from the school district contacted her about the bus wreck. When her son did not come home from school Entrikin started calling around and that is when she discovered her son was most likely in the hospital.

"At this point, at 5:21 we are leaving the hospital with our child and still have yet to be called by the Board of Education and notified that our child was even involved in an accident," Entrikin said.

Schools director Stan Curtis told NewsChannel 5 the district does have a protocol staff follows during these types of emergencies. He said it was properly followed Thursday afternoon. If there was a break down in communication with a parent, Curtis said the district will work to improve its response.

The driver that hit the bus, 41-year-old Eneyda P. Moran, was not hurt in the crash. Officials said charged against her were pending. 

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