The Meigs County community is reeling after a tragic school bus accident claimed 2 lives and injured 7 others on the evening of Tuesday, October 27. According to NBC News and the Tennessee Highway Patrol, a utility vehicle operated by Service Electric lost control and veered into oncoming traffic. The bus driver had no opportunity to stop as the utility vehicle side-skidded in front of it. Sadly, the bus driver was killed, along with one of the passengers – a 7-year-old girl. First responders took seven additional passengers to the Children’s Hospital at Erlanger in Chattanooga to be treated for their injuries, including one child in critical condition. The driver of the Service Electric vehicle also received treatment for minor injuries.
Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke responded to the devastating trash on Twitter, wishing condolences to the families involved, as did Tennessee Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn and the rest of the Meigs County community.
Local authorities are still investigating the accident to determine whether the driver of the utility service vehicle will face charges.
Advocates for the Injured and Bereaved
At Berke, Berke & Berke, our hearts go out to the children in the Meigs County school bus crash and their families.
We represent several children who were injured in the Woodmore School bus crash, so we understand the devastation and long-term effects of a bus accident. In addition to the physical injures children sustain, the psychological impact of seeing peers and loved ones hurt can stick with them for years to come.
School bus accidents have long-term effects on not only children and their families but also teachers and school administrators.
Our thoughts are with all those impacted by this recent accident.
If ever you have legal questions or want to learn more about your rights after an accident, our attorneys are here to lend an ear and give you personalized legal advice.
Call us at (423) 266-5171 to tell us what happened or contact us online to discuss your situation during a free consultation.