SUV driver killed in crash involving MNPS bus on Elm Hill Pike; student not hurt

Posted at 6:45 AM, Nov 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-18 11:56:02-05

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.

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."

Watch: Police give update on Elm Hill Pike crash

Police give update on Elm Hill Pike crash