Several injured in school bus crash; seriously injured students now in stable condition
UPDATE 6:41 p.m.:
Officials now report that all students that were seriously injured in the school bus crash are now in stable condition and being treated at area hospitals.
UPDATE 5:36 p.m.:
There will be a press conference on the students injured. That will take place at 5:45 p.m. at Johnson City Medical Center. We will have information from the press conference as soon as it is available.
UPDATE 4:50 p.m.
Preliminary information about the crash has been released by the Tennessee Department of Safety. According to their spokesperson, it appears the bus was traveling on Mount Wesley Road in Washington County, when the tires dropped off the right side of the roadway, the driver overcorrected and the bus overturned.
Early information reveals that 67 students were on board; 22 were transported to Holston Valley, Johnson City Medical Center and Franklin Woods Hospital.
The remainder of the students were transported by another bus to Mount Wesley Church for pickup.
The driver suffered minor injuries, but has not been transported to the hospital at this time.
The roadway is shut down at this time.
UPDATE 4:30 p.m.:
All of the students on the crashed bus were from David Crockett High School, according to Susan Kiernan with Washington County, Tenn. schools.
Bus #88 crashed at 3 p.m., overturning multiple times. There were no other vehicles involved in the crash.
Some 10- 12 students have now been airlifted to Johnson City Medical Center and another 20 suffered cuts and bruises, according to officials. There were a total of 67 students on the bus at the time of the crash.
We will continue to update this article with more information as it becomes available.
Twenty people have been critically injured in a school bus crash in Washington County.
According to 911 Director Bob McNeil, the bus crashed on Mount Wesley Road in the Conklin Community of Washington County.
Three helicopters have been called in to transport students to the hospital and they are being loaded on the copters at this time.
“We do have some kids that are coming in from that [crash],” said Moutain States Health Alliance spokesperson Teresa Hicks. “We don't how many or what the injuries are.”
At this time Johnson City Medical Center has called a "Code Delta", which means that they are taking in an unusually large amount of patients.
No word yet on the total number of injuries involved in the crash, or the cause.
This is a breaking news story and we will have more information as it is released.
*Please note that we do not yet know if all 20 injured were students.
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