UPDATE: The Meigs County School System released a statement Wednesday morning following Tuesday’s bus crash that claimed the life of the school bus driver and a seven-year-old girl aboard the bus:
The Meigs County School system wishes to thank the first responders and emergency personnel for their actions and support related to the bus crash on the evening of October 27th. We also thank all for well wishes, thoughts and prayers. To confirm reports as stated during the THP press conference, the bus driver and a 7-year-old female student lost their life. It is our understanding that students who were treated at Erlanger are in stable condition. We had several students treated and released at hospitals in Chattanooga, Cleveland, Athens and Rhea County. We will have specific information and more data available as soon as possible.”
The Tennessee Highway Patrol is investigating a crash involving a Meigs County school bus on Tuesday evening that killed two people, including one student.
The crash happened in the 7700 block of Highway 58 in Decatur. Near Chattanooga TN.
A THP spokesperson says a truck belonging to Service Electric Co. was traveling north on Highway 58 when the driver lost control and hit school bus 12-1.
The THP says 22 children were on the bus at the time of the crash. Five children from the bus were flown to a hospital and two more children were taken from the scene by ambulance.
The THP says several other people involved in the crash were injured and at least one person is in critical condition.
The THP says the bus driver was traveling in her lane and had no time to avoid the crash.
The names of the people involved have not been released at this time.
The investigation is ongoing.