Special needs bus accident injures drivers
by GREG KAYLOR, Banner Staff Writer
Dec 05, 2012 | 1868 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
ONE PERSON WAS taken to a Chattanooga hospital and two others to SkyRidge Medical Center after a school bus was involved in a crash on North Lee Highway early this morning. Banner photo, GREG KAYLOR
ONE PERSON WAS taken to a Chattanooga hospital and two others to SkyRidge Medical Center after a school bus was involved in a crash on North Lee Highway early this morning. Banner photo, GREG KAYLOR
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Only one student was aboard a bus on North Lee Highway this morning when the bus collided with another vehicle.

The crash was reported to 911 at 6:53 a.m.

According to Stan Clark of Bradley County Emergency Medical Service, the student was not injured but was taken to SkyRidge Medical Center for a precautionary checkup. The driver of a sport utility vehicle was transported to Erlanger Medical Center after suffering “critical” injuries and the driver of the bus was also taken to SkyRidge for treatment. Clark said the bus driver was stable when BCEMS crews left the scene.

Gary Austin, supervisor of Pupil Services/Transportation for Bradley County Schools, said the bus was a special needs transport and the driver was en route northbound on North Lee Highway to pick up another special needs student.

Austin said the students would have then been taken to Waterville Elementary School for classes.

According to reports from the scene earlier today, the male driver of the SUV was ejected from his vehicle and was under it when emergency first responders arrived.

Members of Bradley County Fire-Rescue responded to the scene along with BCEMS and Bradley County Sheriff’s deputies.

The driver was extricated from underneath the vehicle and then taken by ground to Erlanger Medical Center via ambulance.

Investigation into the cause of the crash is being conducted by members of the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Unit.

A number of other crashes were also reported earlier this morning including one on Upper River Road which sent one person to SkyRidge Medical Center for treatment.

According to Clark, responders found the vehicle overturned.

The female driver was transported to the hospital for treatment and was in stable condition, Clark said.

Another crash which occurred minutes after the North Lee crash was reported on Spring Place Road. Tennessee Highway Patrol is in charge of that investigation. No details were available regarding possible injuries, according to 911 reports.

A crash was reported on Old Chattanooga Pike just after 9 a.m., according to 911 reports.

The vehicle reportedly struck a tree and emergency crews responded to the scene and treated one person.