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Former player kept basketball team safe during Tullahoma tornado

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Tullahoma High School had basketball games in Pulaski on Tuesday night before a tornado hit.

The girls and boys teams, and cheerleaders took two buses to the game.

After the girls team finished their game, they got on a bus and tried to beat the storm home. They ended up having to take shelter at a community college along the way when the tornado hit.

They headed out again once they got the all clear, but the bus got trapped between a downed power line and fallen trees in the road. The bus driver then pulled into a neighbor's driveway.

Eugene London Jr. said he didn't know what to make of it when the bus pulled into his drive.

"I thought it was the fire department at first because it was a huge vehicle. The closer it got to the house I realized it was a school bus. So by the time the school bus got towards the garage, the driver opened the door and said, ‘Hey Eugene!’ I said, ‘Hey, Mr. B!’" London said.

London had played basketball at Tullahoma High. The girls and coaches stayed with him until the roads cleared around midnight. The second bus made it straight home without delays.

Channel 4 asked Superintendent Dr. Dan Lawson about the decision to drive the buses with the coming storms.

“We don’t have the advantage of looking back. In retrospect, what’s important to us is to have a protocol and training and good judgment in place,” Lawson said.

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