Every effort is made to ensure that Tennessee roads are as safe as possible. The safety of schoolchildren is also an area of special concern, with drivers of school buses receiving training to help protect the students they transport. Often, these efforts are successful, and the children get from home to school and back without incident. However, unfortunate incidents still occur from time to time, such as in the case of a recent bus accident that happened at a Collierville intersection.
The accident took place at approximately 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Students at the nearby Bailey Station Elementary had completed their academic day and were heading home. Approximately 32 of them boarded the school bus without incident, settling down in their usual seats to talk and laugh as any group of kids will do.
The bus started off on its usual route, and everything was fine until it got to the intersection, which is located where Poplar Avenue meets Shea Road. There, the bus was suddenly rear-ended by a car, to the surprise of the children The car that hit them was a Corvette.
After the collisions, the driver of the Corvette was quickly airlifted over to The MED. Details of his condition have not been made public.
The bus driver was checked by medical personnel who came to the scene of the accident. Their examination of him has been labeled precautionary, with no specific injuries yet reported. To the relief of parents, none of the students were injured.
Bus accidents occur every year, despite all efforts to prevent them. They draw substantial public attention when they do happen, since the children were endangered. Anyone who is a part of a bus accident may want to seek the advice of a qualified personal injury attorney, as injured parties have a right to file a civil lawsuit for a variety of economic and non-economic damages.
Source: WMCtv.com, “Driver airlifted after school bus, car crash” Staff, Dec. 18, 2013