A car slammed into the back of a Rutherford County operated school bus on Friday afternoon in Murfreesboro. The driver of the Honda Civic was a 16-year old who evidently failed to see the stopped bus ahead of her on the Manchester Highway near Joe B. Jackson Parkway. The driver had a 15-year old passenger in the car at the time of the wreck, luckily both were wearing a seatbelt and neither were injured.
Bill Miller with the Tennessee Highway Patrol confirmed with WGNS that 39-children were aboard the bus 202 when the wreck occurred and only one suffered from minor injuries. Reports indicate that at least one woman living near the accident location helped deputies comfort the students involved in the accident until secondary transportation arrived.
Highway Patrol Reported:
39 juvenile passengers were on board the school bus and preliminary information indicates they were not injured.
Preliminary information is as follows. Vehicle 2 (School Bus) was originally traveling northbound on Hwy 41. Vehicle 2 had came to a stop in traffic. Vehicle 1 (Honda Civic) was traveling northbound on Hwy 41 behind vehicle 2. The driver of vehicle 1 failed to observe that vehicle 2 had stopped. It was then that vehicle 1 crashed into the rear end of vehicle 2.
Tennessee Highway Patrol
Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office