Two School Buses Involved in Minor Mishap, No One Injured

August 3, 2011
Dwayne Page
Bus #2 with minor damage to the left of the doors
Bus #05-21 with minor damage to the left side bumper and reflector,

Two school buses were involved in a minor accident Wednesday afternoon as they were lining up to board children at Smithville Elementary school. Neither the drivers nor the students already on the buses were injured.

Central dispatch received the call at 3:15 p.m.

One of the buses, #2 driven by Bobby Taylor, accidently bumped into the rear of another bus, #05-21 driven by Marshall Ferrell. Both buses received minor damage. Impact was at an angle with damage to Taylor's bus to the left of the doors on the right side near the front. Damage to Ferrell's bus consisted of dents to the left side rear bumper and on the black striping just below the left turn signal, along with a broken reflector.

Twenty four students were on Ferrell's bus while Taylor's bus had twenty three student passengers at the time of the mishap.

Some parents arrived at the school to pick up their children from the buses after learning of the accident. The other students remained aboard the buses as Trooper Allen England of the Tennessee Highway Patrol conducted his investigation.

Director of Schools Mark Willoughby said neither bus was disabled because of the mishap and Ferrell completed the route, taking home the students on his bus. Students on Taylor's bus were transferred to another bus at the school and then taken home. Although Taylor's bus was not disabled, it was taken on to the school bus garage. Ferrell's bus will also be taken in for repairs.

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