3 injured in Claiborne County school bus wreck

TAZEWELL, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Two students and another person have been taken to the hospital after a school bus crash in the Dogwood Heights community of Claiborne County, sources say.

Director of Schools Dr. C. Eddie Schoffner says one student was complaining of an apparent bump on the head, and the other student apparently hurt an arm, but their injuries are thought to be minor.

Dr. Schoffner says the bus No. 92's driver, Dickie Runyon, told him that the driver of another vehicle ran a red light and hit the bus in rear near a tire.

Dr. Schoffner says Runyon's bus driving record is impeccable.

The Claiborne County Homeland Security director says the driver of the other vehicle was also take to the hospital.

The wreck happened in front of the Frosty Freeze where highways 25 and 33 come together in Tazewell.

The Homeland Security director says he has no confirmation of the extent of the injuries, but the victims are being taken to Claiborne County Hospital.

Dr. Schoffner says the rest of the students on the bus were also taken to Claiborne County Hospital to be checked out as a precaution, and parents were able to pick up their children there.


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  • by blake Location: tazewe on Nov 30, 2008 at 01:29 PM
    i was riding this bus sitting exactly where the car hit at the right rear tire, it did really hurt when it first hit, my neck and schoulder are really sore, but we are all alright, dickie was exactly right! when the car hit us before the bus could settle he was already out of his seat to check on each and every one of us and i truely thank him for how he helped us.
  • by Parent Location: Tazewell,TN on Nov 24, 2008 at 11:39 PM
    My child was on the bus that was hit and she is going to be fine, most of the kids I think were more scared then hurt thank goodness and yes I agree with you about the bus driver he was more concerned about the kids then he was about himself.He has driven my child to school for yrs. and I wouldn't want anyone else.The kids love and respect him.I don't blame the bus driver the children said the car hit them.
  • by MeanMomma Location: New Tazewell on Nov 24, 2008 at 06:41 PM
    I hope these kids are alright. While I was at an area school earlier, they told me there weren't any serious injuries that they knew of. I know how accidents can happen in the rain, but I know this intersection, and this shouldn't have happened. It is wide open, and the school bus must have been plainly seen. I know the driver, and would not hesitate to put my own children on his bus.
  • by Lacey Location: Tazewell TN on Nov 24, 2008 at 05:42 PM
    I ride that bus.I go to SMMS,I'm 10 .My face turned white when I heard.I have a lot of family on there!!!!!I was so scared.My friend Christal was heart.
  • by Lacey Location: Tazewell TN on Nov 24, 2008 at 05:32 PM
    I go to SMMS.When I heard the bus crash my face turned white because I have a lot of family on there.I am 10 years old!!!!!

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