Traffic accidents in Tennessee are particularly tragic if they endanger children. For that reason, members of the public become outraged when they hear of someone entrusted with transporting children being unfit to drive. This was the case in a recent Murfreesboro truck accident, where the driver accused of being at fault is also a school bus driver.
The driver, 53, has worked driving school buses since February 2013. Until this accident, he drove a bus that transported Stewartsboro Elementary students between the school and their homes. Those children were as young as 5 years old.
The accident occurred at approximately 2 p.m. on Old Fort Parkway, near a Chick-fil-A. There, he was driving his GMC Sierra pickup truck when he was involved in a hit and run. A woman at the scene got his license plate number, and police tracked him down, ordering him to return to the school.
There, they gave him a series of field sobriety tests. He failed, and they arrested him. He was charged with DUI of alcohol shortly after he transported about 50 very young students as a bus driver.
Naturally, area families are not happy about the situation. A grandfather of a 5-year-old girl who attends the school says that he was shocked to hear about the DUI. He says that there is no excuse for driving under the influence of alcohol while transporting children. However, he expressed that he is happy that all the kids are safe, while insisting that the school district prevent this from happening again.
Some Tennessee truck accident cases involve adults entrusted with the care of children, like in this case. Others may not. All are very serious though, so anyone involved in one may want to think about retaining a capable attorney.
Source: News Channel 5, “Bus Driver Suspended Indefinitely After DUI Arrest” Marcus Washington, Mar. 31, 2014