A drunk driver hit a Knox County school bus head on

Authorities say a drunk driver hit a Knox County school bus head on

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Officials say bus number 114 from Hardin Valley Academy was hit by an SUV along Middlebrook Pike near Cedar Bluff Road. Officials say bus number 114 from Hardin Valley Academy was hit by an SUV along Middlebrook Pike near Cedar Bluff Road.
Keith Greene (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office) Keith Greene (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office)

By KAYLA STRAYER
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - It was a traumatic ride home for some Knox County students Tuesday afternoon. Deputies say their bus was hit head on by a drunk driver around 4 p.m.

Officials say bus number 114 from Hardin Valley Academy was hit by an SUV driven by Keith Greene, 44, of Clinton, along Middlebrook Pike near Cedar Bluff Road.

About 45 students were on the bus, six were taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries. They have been released.

The bus driver, David Yager, told 6 News he's in pain, but he's glad no one was seriously hurt. Yager says he was going about 35 miles an hour when it all happened.

"I was driving pretty slow, and the next thing this guy hit the other guy in the back. When he hit him in the back he bounced over the curve, then smashed right into me," Yager said.

Emily Alcorn, a senior at Hardin Valley Academy, says she was driving behind the SUV that hit the bus. She says the students looked panicked.

"I think they were kind of in shock because the bus almost flipped. The bus went up on a curve, trying to swerve away from the car I think," Alcorn said.

Yager says his first thought was getting the students off the bus safely.

"They were all screaming. I jumped out of my seat to make sure they were alright, everybody was OK. Everybody was still screaming so I pulled the air brake out and everybody got off the bus. I had an emergency door in the back. They jumped out and I was afraid the bus might catch on fire or something," Yager said.

Greene faces a number of charges including his second DUI, following a vehicle too closely, driving while privilege revoked and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also wanted for DUI in Anderson County.

Greene has a criminal history in Knox County of passing bad checks and traffic violations.

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