Police Respond to Crash Involving School Bus Where 1 Adult Passenger Was Injured

Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – A Wilson County school bus was involved in a crash this afternoon where one adult passenger was injured. All 23 students on-board and a 79-year-old male driver were unharmed, but a 63-year-old bus aide was injured. This afternoon around 3:50 p.m., officers were summoned to Mt. Juliet Middle School to investigate a crash with reported injuries. Upon arrival, it was determined that the incident occurred at the intersection of Trailridge Circle and Woodridge Place. After the incident occurred, the bus driver drove the bus back to Mt. Juliet Middle School, where emergency responders were notified.

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Cement Culvert Struck By Bus Tires

Further investigation revealed that the crash occurred as the school bus was turning right off of Trailridge Circle onto Woodridge Place. While turning wide to make the turn, the bus driver noticed another vehicle approaching, so he quickly turned the bus sharp. During the sharp turn, the bus’s right rear tires struck a culvert causing the bus to shake and bounce. As the bus shook, the bus aide struck his head on the side window. Students also reported bouncing in their seats, but no injuries were reported by any students.

Damage to Window by Bus Aide

Damage to Window by Bus Aide

School officials at Mt. Juliet Middle School quickly acted to ensure the students’ well-being was kept at a top priority, and they worked to contact parents and arrange transportation to their homes. Medics from Wilson County Emergency Management Agency checked all of the passengers out of an abundance of caution to ensure they were not harmed.

No citations were issued as a result of the crash.