School bus overturns in Chester County

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CHESTER COUNTY, Tenn.– A bus crash in Chester County sent three people to the hospital Monday, including two children. A Chester County school bus overturned landing on its side in a ditch. “Sounded like a bomb went off,” Jerry Arnold, a neighbor, said. “Boom. Real loud. That woke me up.” Investigators said the wreck happened around 6:45 a.m. on Geneva Lane. The Chester County School System confirmed five elementary and middle school students were on board. The Tennessee Highway Patrol said the driver told them she came across a patch of fog causing her to lose sight of the roadway. “Upon trying to regain control of the bus it traveled into the ditch bank and overturned on its left side,” THP Sgt. Kevin Davidson said. Authorities confirmed the driver went by ambulance with non-life threatening injuries to a local hospital. The school district said emergency medical technicians examined all five students on board and released them to their parents. Chester County Director of Schools Troy Kilzer said two of those students went with a parent to be checked out at the ER. “We’re very fortunate,” Kilzer said. “Very grateful that nobody was really seriously injured.” The THP confirmed the bus did not have seat belts for students, but said the driver had hers on. “That’s scary you know,” Arnold said. “I know that’s a bad curve right there too.” The district said the bus will have to be repaired and re-inspected before picking up children again. Sgt. Davidson said the crash remains under investigation and they did not issue any citations. Kilzer said they have not had any problems or complaints about the bus driver that he is aware of. The district said a back up bus and a different driver will handle that route on Tuesday.

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