THP: Hawkins County deputy distracted by possible driver in distress before rear-ending bus

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UPDATE (6:15 p.m.) – A preliminary crash report by the Tennessee Highway Patrol reveals a Hawkins County deputy was distracted by a possible driver in distress when he rear-ended a school bus.

The bus from Bulls Gap had 14 students on board. No injuries were reported.

According to the THP report, the deputy was driving his cruiser north on State Highway 66, behind the bus. The bus activated its caution lights and started to slow down to let students off.

At that time, the HCSO vehicle hit the back of the bus. 

According to the report, the deputy was distracted by a possible driver in distress on the shoulder of the road directly across from where the collision happened.

According to the report, no charges have been filed.

ORIGINAL STORY – HAWKINS COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL)- News Channel 11 reached out to officials in Hawkins County after a viewer submitted photos of what appeared to be a crash involving a deputy’s cruiser and a school bus.

Hawkins County Sheriff Ronnie Lawson told News Channel 11 in a text message that the crash was still under investigation.

No details would be available until he received the THP investigation report.

We’ve also reached out to officials with the Tennessee Highway Patrol to receive a copy of that report.\

THP officials were able to confirm no injuries were reported in that crash. 

Stay with News Channel 11 on air and on wjhl.com as we continue to follow this developing story.

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