MEIGS COUNTY, Tenn. (WATE) — UPDATE: ABC affiliate station WTVC News Channel 9 reports that the Tennessee Highway Patrol confirmed Tuesday a Meigs County school bus driver and a 7-year-old girl were killed in Tuesday afternoon’s crash.
THP Lieutenant Bill Miller says that seven other children were taken to Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga, and one child is reportedly in critical condition. Five of the children were airlifted by Lifeforce helicopter.
THP has not released the name of the bus driver or the 7-year-old killed in this crash.
“Tonight was a tremendous tragedy in Meigs County with a school bus crash involving a commercial vehicle, resulting in two deaths & multiple injuries. Our hearts and prayers go out to the families and the Meigs Co. community.”THP Chattanooga
According to THP, the service electric truck was heading north on Highway 58 when the driver lost control, overcorrected, and skidded into the oncoming bus lane.
22 students were on Bus #12-1 when the crash occurred.
Blood Assurance announced it will keep its Cleveland, Downtown Chattanooga, Gunbarrel and Hixson centers open until 10 p.m. on Wednesday for donations.
The THP says a preliminary report of the crash will be released later Tuesday night.
Governor Bill Lee released a statement Tuesday night regarding the bus crash, “Maria and I are deeply saddened by the loss of life and injuries sustained from the school bus crash in Meigs County today. We offer prayers of comfort to the families who are hurting tonight and our full support to the community in the days ahead.”
THP: 2 people dead after crash involving school bus & utility service vehicle in Meigs County
EARLIER: Two people were killed in a school bus crash in Meigs County Tuesday afternoon, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol.
The double-fatality crash involved a school bus and a utility service vehicle at 7751 State Highway 58 which is north of the intersection with Lamontville Road.
The identities of the deceased have not been released.
The crash remains under investigation by the Tennessee Highway Patrol.
Meigs County Schools reports that the bus involved was School Bus #12-1 on its afternoon route.
“Children were on the bus and injuries were involved. At present all families have been notified and children have returned home with a family member or were taken to area hospitals for treatment.”Meigs County Schools
Blood Assurance in Chattanooga, the sole provider of blood for 70-plus hospitals/healthcare facilities in multiple states including Tennessee, is asking for blood after the bus crash.
Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke released a statement on Twitter saying, “I’m deeply saddened to hear the news coming out of Meigs County this evening about a serious school bus crash. My thoughts are with these children and their families. Until we have more information, we will hope for the best and keep them in our prayers.”
Tennessee Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn also released a statement on the incident, “I and the entire staff at the Tennessee Department of Education are deeply saddened to hear about the fatal bus crash in Meigs County earlier this afternoon. No words can express our sympathies for those lives that were lost. We send our deepest condolences to the students, families, school staff and leaders, district staff, and the entire Meigs County community affected by this tragic accident and wish healing for all those injured. The department has communicated with district leaders and staff in Meigs County and surrounding areas and is mobilizing to support this community in safety response and services.”
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