KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Several children were taken to the hospital after a Knox County school bus was involved in an accident Wednesday in West Knoxville.
The crash was reported just after 3:30 p.m. on Cedar Bluff Road at Dutchtown Road involving bus 114. The Knox County Sheriff’s Office says the bus from Cedar Bluff Elementary was going southbound on Cedar Bluff Road when it made a left turn, struck a car and went down an embankment.
“I could hear all the kids screaming so I put on my brakes and put on my parking lights and called 911 as soon as I could and the kids were hanging out of the bus like screaming ‘help us,'” witness Bryana Foster said.
GALLERY: Knox County school bus accident
Six children were taken to Children’s Hospital by ambulance and three by personal vehicle. Five children were taken to UT Medical Center. All had minor injuries and were later discharged.
“You get the lump in your throat and we walked over here as fast as we could. We actually jogged over here. We’re happy he was okay and we hope the kids who were hurt get better soon,” parent Antonio Morrell said.
“It was scary. I thought I was going to die or I was going to break my leg or get hurt,” Morrell’s son said.
Knox County Schools says around 75 children were on board. The bus driver, David Yager, was not hurt, but the driver of the car, William Scott Goldman, had minor injuries.
“There were a lot of kids who were pretty scared and upset. So, first and foremost, it’s about taking care of the needs of our children and then making sure that we’re following our protocols,” Dr. Jim McIntyre, Knox County Schools superintendent, said.
Citations have not been issued at no arrests made. All parents with children on the bus have been notified.
“I’m very relieved that nobody was badly hurt because it could have been a lot worse,” Foster said.
An alternate bus transported children home, and parents were welcome to report to La Petite Academy, according to a Knox County Schools spokeswoman.