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Vehicle Crashes Into Coopertown School Bus Stop

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by Marcus Washington

COOPERTOWN, Tenn. – A woman driving an SUV slammed into a tree just feet from kids walking to their school bus. The crashed prompted parents to make a new push for a speed reduction on Highway 431.

Speeding vehicles have been the cause of many problems for folks around Tom Austin Hwy/ 431. One man said in five years, he had to replace his mailbox 12 times.

The problem is not just mailboxes being knocked down by drivers, but the safety of kids waiting on their school bus.

"Technically this is a residential neighborhood. I know this is a highway, but there are many homes here and we're not the only ones playing Russian roulette leaving our driveway," said Valarie Adams.

For years Valarie and Justin Adams have complained about the speed limit on this stretch of Highway 431 in Coopertown, the same place their kids have to catch the bus.

"I'm going to put a sign here that says it, 'don't hit my kids. Slow down.' it's ridiculous," said Justin Adams.

A few weeks ago TDOT put up this sign behind me to alert drivers that there is a bus stop less than a mile away, but parents said putting up that sign has done nothing to keep their kids safe.

"We tell them every morning we're going to drive you all up there just because of the traffic and now they finally got to see the reason why," said Justin.

Monday morning that fear of their kids getting hit by a speeding vehicle waiting on the bus nearly happened as her 14-year-old and 7-year-old children walked towards the school bus stop.

"She did this (put her hand to block him from walking) and pushed him back and when she was doing that, I heard squealing tires and turned my head to look and saw that white SUV coming towards me," said Valarie.

The woman driving the SUV took out a mailbox and slammed into this tree, less than 20 feet from Valarie and her kids.

Parents said this is the reason they want the speed limit reduced, "just maybe a mile, just until the county line."

The family will meet with Coopertown Mayor Sam Childs Tuesday morning as he looks at the conditions of the morning traffic during school bus pick-up.

Valarie also created a Facebook page to make more aware of potentially dangerous issues.

You can access that page here.

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