MEIGS COUNTY, Tenn. (WDEF) – “It’s been a tough, tough day today,” Sheriff Jackie Melton said.
Tragedy struck Meigs County Tuesday as a crash involving a Meigs County school bus killed the driver, a 7-year-old girl on board and sent others to the hospital.
“Tennessee Highway Patrol wants to extend our sincere condolences to this community to the family of the school bus driver, to the family of the young 7-year-old child who is killed tonight in this horrific crash,” Tennessee Highway Patrol Lt. Bill Miller said in a press conference Tuesday night.
According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the bus carrying 22 kids was headed south down Highway 58 and in its lane when a service electric truck going the opposite way lost control.
“The driver exited the roadway to the right, lost control of his vehicle the driver of that service truck then overcorrected its steering to the left and then went back on to the highway.
As the vehicle got back onto the highway, it eventually hit the bus.
“The vehicle went into a side skid. The vehicle then slid into the oncoming lane of the school bus. The bus driver had no opportunity to stop to avoid the crash,” Lt. Miller said.
He said that a total of 5 children were air lifted to the hospital, and two were taken to the hospital by ground.
Lt. Miller said that the driver of the service vehicle is being treated for injuries.
“Never in your wildest dreams do you know when you go out the door in the morning that you’ll deal with something like this. It’s hard for me. I can just imagine the way our families are feeling right now,” Meigs County Director of Schools Clint Baker said.
Baker said that the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and county crisis team will be on site Wednesday.
“We have a lot of teachers, staff and drivers that are in a lot of pain,” he said.
He is asking folks to keep their families in their prayers.
The crash remains under investigation.