5 students, driver injured after tractor-trailer crashes into Bristol, TN school bus

BRISTOL, TENN. (WJHL) –  A semi truck struck a school bus in Bristol, Tennessee at approximately 6:30 a.m. this morning.

A Bristol Tennessee City Schools spokesperson told News Channel 11 that five students and the bus driver were transported to the hospital.

The injuries are non-life threatening.

The crash happened outside of Avoca Elementary School, but school officials say the students were from Vance Middle School and Tennessee High School.

News Channel 11 spoke to a mother who says she saw the crash as it happened this morning.

Police said according to initial reports, the bus stopped at the intersection of Hatchall Way and Volunteer Parkway to load students, when it was struck from behind by the semi-truck.

“We waited on the bus, which comes around 6:30 [a.m.], and as soon as the bus stopped, there was a tractor-trailer that did not stop. It was going about 50 miles an hour. It did not brake [when it] hit the bus with a child getting on the bus — which flipped him three times,” said Jennifer Shipplett, a Tennessee High School parent.

News Channel 11 learned the Bristol, Tennessee director of schools and other school administrators went to the scene of the crash this morning as well as parents and neighbors who said they saw the whole thing happened.

Gary Lilly, director of schools, says, his thoughts and prayers are with the family and the students affected.

Tennessee Highway Patrol, according to Bristol police, has been contacted to assist with any inspections done on both the truck and the bus.

Charges are pending, says police, until an investigation is complete.

This is a developing news story. We’ll post more details as they become available.

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