Clarksville bus crash injures 15 students, driver - WSMV Channel 4

Clarksville bus crash injures 15 students, driver

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CLARKSVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

A school bus crash in Montgomery County injured 15 students and the bus driver Friday morning, according to the chief communications officer with the school system.

Around 7 a.m., a school bus was rear-ended near the corner of Dunbar Cave Road and Warfield Boulevard.

A 16-year-old girl said she could not stop in time and crashed into the rear-end of the bus.  She was cited for followed to closely.

Ten students and the bus driver were transported to Gateway Medical Center with complaints of neck and/or head pain.

Another five students were picked up at the scene by their parents and taken to the hospital.

There were 57 students on board when the wreck occurred. The students who were not taken to the hospital were picked up by a second school bus to take them to Rossview Middle and Rossview High schools.

Second school bus crash

When the second bus arrived to transport the remaining students to school, a second crash occurred around 8:03 a.m., said Clarksville police.

The students were transferring from one bus to the other when a 2009 Dodge Caravan, driven by Alec Bachand, 21, traveling south on Warfield Boulevard went around traffic cones, unaware of the existing school bus crash, and made a right turn onto westbound Dunbar Cave.

When he saw the group of vehicles, he could not stop due to faulty brakes, said police. Bachand sideswiped the second bus, proceeded onward missing several vehicles and people, and ran off the right side of roadway near the golf course.

Bachand told police that he was aware the brakes were faulty, was taking the vehicle to be repaired, and was using the emergency brake to stop the vehicle.

Bachand was cited for reckless driving, operating an unsafe vehicle and no insurance.

All of the students are in good condition, according to school spokeswoman Elise Shelton.  The condition of the bus driver is unclear.

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