Chester County School Bus Driver Facing 36 Charges In Rollover Crash

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The driver of a Chester County school bus involved in a rollover crash in 2016 has been indicted on 36 criminal counts.

Authorities with the Metro Nashville Police Department said on Thursday that 29-year-old Christina Mathis was indicted on 35 counts of aggravated assault and one count of felony reckless endangerment.

The crash happened on November 18, 2016 on the off ramp from Interstate 65 North to Briley Parkway.

Reports stated Mathis was driving the first of three buses from Chester County carrying high school students from Henderson to the Opryland Hotel for a convention.

An investigation revealed Mathis had been driving too fast as she exited the interstate where there's a posted advisory speed of 40 miles per hour.

Officials said Mathis lost control, traveled off the ramp into gravel, engaged the brake, and turned back to the right. The bus hit the guardrail and overturned.

According to reports, 48 people, including Mathis, were on the bus at the time of the wreck. Of those on the bus, 35 were injured, and two of them were in critical condition following the crash.

Those two students who were critically injured were treated at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. They were released on November 24 and 29.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol inspected the bus and found it did not have any mechanical defects.

Mathis was being held in Metro Jail on a $50,000 bond with an arraignment planned for the near future.

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