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Bus Driver Hailed As Hero

By Empriss Campbell
By ecampbell@wbbjtv.com

WEAKLEY COUNTY, Tenn. - Parents in the small town of Dresden are all talking about the tragic accident that left a pickup truck driver dead and a school bus driver in the hospital. Many parents are calling Susan Puckett a hero for trying to avoid the crash.

"She did a great job," said Michelle Jared.

According to a Weakley County School news release, Susan Puckett radioed in the accident then she made sure the Tennessee Highway Patrol had the student roster on board so parents could be contacted immediately.

"We heard there was a bus accident we was worried about my 12-year-old who goes to the middle school and thankfully it wasn't her bus. I'm glad none of the kids were hurt," said Virginia Grim.

Family members said Puckett suffered several broken bones during the wreck and is recovering. According to T-H-P, no students were seriously injured.