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The driver of an Anderson County school bus that crashed last week has been suspended until further notice after the in-bus camera recording shows that she was not forced off the road by an oncoming car veering into her lane as she had originally told investigators.
Last Tuesday, the bus carrying 43 children overturned in a grassy field off of Johnson Gap Road. Immediately after the crash, driver Tammy Moore told investigators that she had swerved to avoid an oncoming car that had veered into her lane, causing the tires on the right side of the bus to leave the roadway. The bus traveled about 200 more feet before rolling onto its side.
Three children were treated at, and released from, Methodist Medical Center for minor injuries, and a fourth was treated for a concussion at Children’s Hospital in Knoxville.
School officials say that a review of the bus’s camera shows that no cars veered into Moore’s lane and that the wreck had happened almost 20 seconds after the last car did pass her. Instead, school officials say that Moore was distracted by a student in the aisle in the moments before the crash.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol is investigating the incident and will consult with the district attorney general’s office to determine if any criminal charges will be filed. Moore, who is employed by Parker Transport, was suspended pending the outcome of the investigation after company and school leaders met to discuss the matter.
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