State officials hope to prevent school bus accidents

Tennessee

State officials are looking into ways to prevent school bus accidents.

This issue coming after a 10-year-old was hit by a car while crossing the road to get on his bus. This happened Tuesday morning, Nov. 27 – in Washington County.

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The boy – suffering a leg injury, when a woman coming from the opposite way failed to stop – even when the bus had its stop sign out.

Officials say one possible solution is to install a mounted camera on top of the signs.

One state lawmaker saying it is an option he would support.

“I’d be willing to support that because once again the bus drivers are doing their job, the school systems are doing their job and when the parents send their kids out on the school bus they expect their child to be safe and you know, we can increase penalties which is something I think we need to look at,” said State Representative Matthew Hill.

The driver who hit the boy, Crystal Buchanan, faces a felony reckless endangerment charge along with a charge for illegally passing a school bus.

She’s currently out on bond.

Her court date, which was originally scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 28, has been reset for January.

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