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TROOPERS RELEASES PRELIMINARY MEIGS COUNTY SCHOOL BUS CRASH REPORT

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Tennessee Highway Patrol released its preliminary crash report for a fatal Meigs County school bus crash.

It states the crash happened at 2:45 p.m. Tuesday at 7751 State Highway 58. The accident involved a 2018 Freightliner utility truck, driven by 56-year-old Terry Trammell from Grandview. The bus was driven by 53-year-old Lisa Dillard of Birchwood.

Dillard and a 7-year-old girl riding the bus died in the crash. In addition, eight other children were injured. Five of them were flown to Erlanger Medical Center where they are listed in stable condition as of this evening.

Police say the utility truck was driving north on Highway 58 and the bus was traveling southbound. The utility truck allegedly ran off the side of the road, over corrected to get back on the road, and lost control of the vehicle. The truck then crossed over into the southbound late, hitting the school bus head on.

At this time, no charges have been filed. Both drivers were wearing their seatbelts.

The accident remains under investigation by the Tennessee Highway Patrol and the National Transportation Safety Board.


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