Jefferson County Schools superintendent ‘grateful’ for no injuries in bus wreck with fallen tree


JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. (WATE) — Jefferson County Schools Superintendent Shane Johnston says he is grateful that no one was hurt after an incident involving a school bus and a tree early Tuesday morning.

Johnston said it is uncertain if the tree had just fallen prior to the bus striking it or if the tree fell on the bus after an initial investigation.

“It was still dark at the time of the accident and weather conditions were poor with heavy rain and some wind,” a release from the school system states.

The bus was carrying around 25 students of New Market Elementary, Jefferson Middle School and Jefferson County High School on Rutledge Road. The students were transported to their respective schools after being picked up by another bus.

Johnston said families were notified through the school system’s social media accounts and webpage. He also thanked emergency personnel that responded including members of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, Tennessee Highway Patrol, Jefferson County EMS, and New Market Volunteer Fire Department.

“Our drivers have enormous responsibility each day to transport our students to their schools and homes,” Johnston said. “Today reminds us that accidents and out of the ordinary events take place from time to time and we are grateful that no one was injured.”

Inclement weather moved through the region late Monday and early Tuesday, triggering severe weather warnings and causing some power outages across the area.

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