UPDATE: Driver in Greeneville charged with DUI after collision with Unicoi Co. school bus


GREENE COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL) – Tennessee Highway Patrol officials said one person has been arrested and charged with DUI following an accident involving a school bus on Tuesday morning.

According to a THP report, the driver, identified as Kristen K. Bales, 39, of Greeneville, failed to stop at a red light on US 11E when she hit both a school bus and a pickup truck.

Photo: Tusculum Volunteer Fire Department

The driver of the pickup truck was not injured.

There were 64 students and a teacher traveling on the school bus at the time of this crash.

The teacher on the bus and one student were taken to the hospital to be checked out, according to Unicoi County Director of Schools John English.

Bales was taken to the Greene County Detention Center and charged with DUI 2nd and Disregard for Signal, Child Endangerment, Resisting Arrest and Implied Consent Law.


GREENE COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL) – UPDATE – A Unicoi County Schools student and teacher are being taken to a local hospital following a school bus crash in Greene County on Tuesday morning.

According to Unicoi County Schools Superintendent John English, there were initially no injuries reported.

Photo: William White

However, one of the teachers had begun complaining of a twinge in the neck and back pain following the crash.

A student also told personnel that he had hit his head during the crash.

English told News Channel 11 both the student and teacher are being taken to the ER as a precaution.

The parents of the student have been notified according to English.

The students were on their way to the Niswonger Performing Arts Center, but the students and staff on all the buses are now returning to Unicoi Elementary School.

There were approximately 50 students on the bus when the crash involving another vehicle occurred on the 4400 block of East Andrew Johnson Highway.

The Tusculum Volunteer Fire Department tweeted a photo of the crash, showing a silver vehicle that had sustained heavy damage.

A crash involving a Unicoi County school bus on a field trip occurred on Tuesday morning in Greene County.

According to Greene County Dispatch the crash occurred on the 4400 block of East Andrew Johnson Highway at 9:03 a.m.

Dispatch told News Channel 11 there were no injuries reported from either the driver or any of the children on the bus, but a medical unit was being sent to the scene as a precaution.

The crash occurred when another vehicle struck the bus.

Unicoi County Schools Superintendent John English said the bus was on its way to a field trip at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center in Greeneville.

Superintendent English said there were approximately 50 students on the bus, and parents have been alerted.

English says a new bus has been sent to pick up the children, and he is relieved the students and the driver are all safe.

The Greene County Sheriff’s Office tells News Channel 11 the Tennessee Highway Patrol is investigating.

The crash occurred on the intersection of Highway 107 and Highway 11E.

This is a developing story. Stay tuned with News Channel 11 online and on-air for updates.

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