NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — One person has died following a crash involving a Metro Nashville school bus on Elm Hill Pike. Metro Nashville Public Schools confirmed one student was on board but was not hurt.
The crash happened at 5:54 a.m. Wednesday, not far from Interstate 40. MNPD traffic section commander Lt. Michael Gilliland said the bus was traveling inbound, and as it topped the hill, an SUV crossed the center line and hit it head-on.
The driver of the SUV, identified as Bobby Haddix Jr., was pronounced deceased at the scene. He was 62 years old.
The bus driver and monitor were taken to an area hospital to be checked out. The student was picked up by a parent.
A collision this morning on Elm Hill Pk near Donelson Pk btwn an SUV & a school bus has resulted in the death of the SUV driver. It appears the SUV crossed into the bus's lane. 2 adults on the bus were transported with minor injuries. A 15-year-old student was not hurt. pic.twitter.com/IZjtj7XQtr— Metro Nashville PD (@MNPDNashville) November 17, 2021
MNPS's Sean Braisted confirmed it was an exceptional education bus that was en route to Cora Howe Exceptional School.
Gilliland said there is video from the bus, which investigators will review, but since it was still dark outside, it only shows headlights coming into frame moments before impact. He said they are also checking to see if there were any witnesses to the crash.
It is still unclear why the driver of the SUV crossed the center line. Gilliland said at this point, the "damage doesn’t indicate any kind of excessive speed."
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