Lawyer to oversee payment to victims of bus crash

JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. (AP) -- A judge has appointed a Johnson City attorney to oversee payments to victims of a school bus crash in Washington County.

The Johnson City Press reported lawyer Eddie Lauderback will determine how much each victim will receive from $700,000 in insurance money.

A rollover crash injured all 39 students aboard a county school system bus, shortly after it left David Crockett High School the afternoon of Sept. 20.

The school system has accepted responsibility for the crash. State law limits payouts to $700,000 per incident.

The bus driver, Brenda K. Gray, is awaiting trial on 39 counts of reckless aggravated assault, speeding and reckless driving charges.

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