After crash, new company takes over some school bus routes

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A new company has taken over some school bus routes in Knox County after a fatal crash.

WBIR-TV ( reports Rick Fawver offered on Saturday to discontinue his contract with Knox County Schools for the routes he operated after a bus he owned was involved in the Dec. 2 crash. Officials approved Fawver’s request and reassigned his routes.

A preliminary investigation by Knoxville police found that two buses were traveling in opposite directions on Asheville Highway when the driver of one made a sudden left turn across the concrete median and crashed into the other bus. Two children and a teacher’s aide were killed in the crash.

School officials say they are reviewing their agreement with Robert Burroughs, the other contractor who had a bus involved in the crash.