Anderson school bus driver may have been distracted

Anderson school bus driver may have been distracted, causing crash

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Jacob White, 5, told us he saw a white car approach the bus.  "Why would he lie?" said Brittany White, his mother, torn about what to think of it all. Jacob White, 5, told us he saw a white car approach the bus. "Why would he lie?" said Brittany White, his mother, torn about what to think of it all.
The driver, Tammy Moore, told authorities and 6 News another car veered into her lane forcing her to swerve off the road. The driver, Tammy Moore, told authorities and 6 News another car veered into her lane forcing her to swerve off the road.

By MONA NAIR
6 News Reporter

CLINTON (WATE) – Was an Anderson County school bus driver telling the truth about an accident that injured two students?

The school district says her story does not add up, but some parents disagree.

School bus number 20 was headed to Dutch Valley Elementary on Johnson Gap Road last week when it crashed.

The bus was carrying 43 students.

The driver, Tammy Moore, told authorities and 6 News another car veered into her lane forcing her to swerve off the road.

School officials said Tuesday Moore's story does not add up.

"I saw an oncoming car coming at me. I tried to keep from hitting that car. And the wheels went off the side of the road. Then the bus flipped," bus driver Tammy Moore said the day of the accident.

School officials say in-bus cameras tell a different story. They believe Moore was distracted, and that no car veered into her lane.

Jacob White, 5, was on the bus. He says he saw a white car approach it just before the crash.

"Why would he lie?" said Brittany White, his mother. She is torn about what to think of it all.

"I know that we are all afraid to tell the truth sometimes. Afraid to say what happened. But she needs another chance. My son loves her to death. She drove buses when I was in high school. And I'm 26 years old now," she added.

Distracted driver or not, what really happened will be up to a team of Tennessee Highway Patrol investigators and the school district to decide.

6 News talked to the family of the two kids injured in the crash. They are upset at the driver, but did not want to go on camera.

As for the bus driver, Moore said she was not able to comment on what the investigation revealed.

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