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Student injured in Nashville bus crash out of hospital

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23 students were injured in the crash last Friday. (WSMV) 23 students were injured in the crash last Friday. (WSMV)
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Three school bus accidents in recent days have parents on edge.

Channel 4 has new information on the crash on Interstate 65 in Nashville that hurt nearly two dozen students last week.

It happened just north of downtown Friday morning. Several students had to be taken to the hospital. One mother told Channel 4 she's thankful it wasn't worse.

Lisa Bishop was driving Friday morning when she got the call that her daughter was involved in a bus crash.

While her daughter, Calista Trump, recovers at home, she's now waiting to learn what caused that crash in the first place.

Trump, a senior at Chester County High School, was one of 23 students hurt when the bus flipped over. She suffered cuts and bruises to both her face and arms.

"It went through the window and she was able to pull herself back in the bus. Vanderbilt said if she didn't pull herself back in the bus, she would've lost her arm,” Bishop said.

Bishop said that once her daughter was able to free herself, she turned her attention to the others.

"She had kicked out the escape hatch on the roof of the bus and started pulling the kids out of the bus,” Bishop said.

The bus driver, 28-year-old Christina Mathis, is one of the district’s newer drivers. She started back in August.

Investigators are now tearing apart every inch of the bus, inspecting the brakes, steering and tires to determine if this crash could have been prevented.

Jim Higgins, a local attorney who handles complex cases such as these, said not only are investigators looking at the bus, they're looking at the driver.

"They're going to go through and find out why this bus turned over. Is this a bus driver error or did something on the bus itself fail? Whether it's the brakes, did the tires not perform, was it top heavy ... and can that be corrected from happening again?” Higgins said.

Monday night, two students are still in the hospital but are expected to be OK. The Tennessee Highway Patrol said the bus inspection is expected to be complete Tuesday.

So far no charges have been filed. Mathis is expected to return to driving, but it's unclear when that will be.

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