Man Killed In Crash Involving School Bus In Sumner County
BETHPAGE, Tenn. – A man was killed after hitting the back of a school bus with his pick-up truck in Sumner County on Thursday afternoon.
Officials with the Sumner County Sheriff's Department said the crash happened around 2:30 p.m. Thursday on Highway 31 E. between Gallatin and Westmoreland. The school bus was pulled to the side of the road.
"Had their lights flashing, the door was open to release a child off the bus," said Sheriff Sonny Weatherford.
The sheriff said the driver of the truck, David Trembley, 55, of Scottsville, Kentucky, was driving toward the bus and did not slow down.
"He realized they were stopped. He was pulling a trailer and I think that's what caused him not to be able to stop at that time," the Sheriff said.
There were nine students from Bethpage Elementary School on the bus at the time of the crash.
"Three of those received some minor injuries, one of those wind up being transported to Gallatin," the Sheriff said.
Sumner County Schools said students were transported back to Bethpage Elementary School so their parents could take them home.
A mother, who was holding her 5-month-old son, was standing on the side of the road, waiting for her son to get off the bus. The impact of the crash pushed the bus forward and the bus' door hit the woman. She and her son were thrown to the ground. They were examined at a local hospital.
James Marsh was inside his home at the time of the crash and heard a loud noise out on the roadway.
"Instantly I knew it was a wreck out here, a bad one. I ran out here, of course I don't know CPR, so there wasn't much I could do at that point," said James Marsh.
The Sumner County fatal accident team was investigating the wreck.