6 children dead after tragic Tennessee school bus accident

A tragic bus crash claimed the lives of six children in late November. A total of 37 children were riding aboard the school bus when the driver lost control after striking a mailbox and utility pole. The force of the accident caused the bus to flip over on its side and plow into a tree on the side of the road.

According to police, there were no signs of drugs or alcohol in the bus driver's blood at the time of the incident. However, this is not the first bus crash the driver was involved in. According to authorities, this is the second school bus crash the driver was involved in during the last two months. Last September, the driver failed to yield to another vehicle in a residential area, and he sideswiped a vehicle. Damage was minor in that accident and there were no injuries reported.

Sadly, six children were killed as result of the accident. Among the children who died, one was a kindergartner, one was a first-grader and three were fourth-graders. Another 11 children suffered traumatic injuries, including serious head and/or spinal injuries. As of Nov. 23, there were five children still being treated at the hospital.

As authorities continue to try to piece together what happened in the moments leading up to the crash, numerous questions remain. Chief among them are: Why was the bus driver speeding? And, why was the bus driver off the usual route at the time of the crash? Authorities will be reviewing camera footage pulled from the bus to determine what may have caused the tragic crash.

Parents of children injured or killed in school bus accidents may want to talk with a Tennessee personal injury lawyer. A personal injury attorney will be able to examine the facts and circumstances of a child's school bus-related injuries and/or death to determine if the situation warrants filing a personal injury or wrongful death action in civil court.

Source: ktla.com, "Sixth Child Dies After Tennessee School Bus Crash; Driver Tests Negative for Alcohol, Drugs," Nov. 23, 2016

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