Eight to 10 students and the driver of bus number 58 were taken to the hospital after being involved in an accident around 7:45 during Monday (10/24/2016) morning's rush hour.
The school bus was transporting 49 students to Smyrna High School when the crash occurred. Police reports show that was coming to a stop at the intersection of the Old Nashville Highway and Hazelwood Drive, when a car slammed into the front driver's side of the bus.
Rutherford County Schools spokesman James Evans told NewsRadio WGNS that the bus was not directly involved in the accident. It was a side effect of a two-car crash wreck at that intersection. One of the cars allegedly continued and hit the bus with unbelievable force in the area where the driver was seated.
Rutherford County School Bus Driver Pam Garner is being called a hero. Although she suffered a leg injury, reports indicate that she limped around helping students quickly exit the bus and get on-the-scene medical treatment before accepting help for herself.
Paramedics were quickly on-the-scene to check-out the students before they got onto another school bus that was sent to take them on to Smyrna High. Those with any type of injury were taken to Tri-Star StoneCrest Medical Center in Smyrna. The driver was taken to the hospital, treated and released. However, some of the students were kept for observation.