Officials ID 8-year-old girl killed in crash involving bus, van

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HENDERSON COUNTY, Tenn. — A crash involving a school bus killed one child and injured several other people in Henderson County on Tuesday morning, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol. Brenna Foster, 8, was killed, according to a THP report. She was in the right front seat of the 2008 Nissan Quest van that rear-ended the bus. The girl was not wearing a seat belt, according to the report. The van was driven by Amity Foster, 35, according to the report. Also in the van were 4-year-old Channing Foster and 15-year-old Andrew Foster. All three are listed as injured. The 4-year-old was in a child restraint device, but it wasn’t used properly, according to the report. The report states that neither Amity Foster nor Andrew Foster were wearing seat belts. The van was traveling eastbound around 7 a.m. when it rear-ended the school bus, which was stopped for children to board, according to the report. “I just, you know, heard a boom,” Robin Bouee, a neighbor, said. “It wasn’t really loud, but a boom.” Henderson County Director of Schools Steve Wilkinson confirmed there were about 34 students on the bus. He said some reported minor injuries. “I know we had one child that possibly a broken arm and another child that a shoulder issue,” he said. The school system said they took students on the bus to Pin Oak School and notified parents. “Some may have gone to the hospital to be checked out,” Henderson County Sheriff Brian Duke said. “I know that they had EMTs and paramedics here at the school to check all those children out.” The district said a health occupations teacher from Scotts Hill High School was in the van that hit the bus with the three children. “Keep a lot of people in your prayers and thoughts,” Wilkinson said. Wilkinson said they called in counselors for the elementary and high schools. “I said many prayers for the children and for the people in the other vehicle,” Bouee said. Troopers said the crash remains under investigation and so far no one has been charged.

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