GREENE COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL) – Several students in Greene County were transported to the hospital following a school bus crash Tuesday afternoon.
Dispatchers told News Channel 11 the crash occurred around 3:45 p.m. on Brittontown Road.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol reports there were 26 children on the bus at the time of the crash. According to THP, nine of those students were transported to the Greeneville Community Hospital.
As of 10:45 p.m. Tuesday night, all 9 had been taken home from the hospital.
A THP report states that as the road curved to the left, the front right tire of the bus left the road. The bus “slid off the roadway into a ditch and rolled on to the passenger side,” according to the report.
The bus was occupied by students from Baileyton Elementary, North Greene Middle and North Greene High School, according to Greene County Director of Schools David McLain.
“It’s not good when you see a bus rolled over,” McLain said. “All kids were up were mobile, conscious. That was the big concern for me that we did see.”
Parents were able to pick up their children at Brittontown Church, according to Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers on the scene.
Laura Babb had a niece on board the bus and lived nearby the scene.
“I called the pastor and told him to start praying. I said you need to pray there’s a bus rolled on our road,” Babb said. “Where it drops there, I really thought it was going to be bad.”
McLain said the bus was driven by a teacher with the proper credentials to operate the bus. The teacher was filling in for the usual driver of the route.
“Bus drivers have a very tough job. It’s hard to get bus drivers, so we do have some accidents like others,” McLain said. “But we do the best we can and hiring who we can.”
THP identified the teacher as Lisa Marshall, 51. Marshall was not injured in the crash, according to the report.
THP reports charges against Marshall are pending the outcome of the investigation into the crash.
News Channel 11 has a crew on the scene of the crash and is working to confirm more information.