Students return to class one day after bus accident - WNCT

Students return to class one day after bus accident

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SULLIVAN COUNTY, TN (WJHL) - One day after a bus crash involving more than 75 Sullivan County Elementary students, most of the children on the buses were back in school Friday.

Twenty-three of the 77 students on board the two buses were treated at area hospitals and released Thursday night.

Director of Schools for the Sullivan County Public School District, Jubal Yennie, told News Channel 11 that all but four or five of the students involved in the accident returned to class on Friday.

When asked about how the district plans to deal with the student who the Sheriff’s Office says may have caused the accident by pulling an emergency latch, startling the bus driver, Yennie said he can’t comment.

With more than 20 students hospitalized, we wanted to know who will end up being responsible for paying the students’ medical bills.

“We contract our buses, and obviously we require our bus companies to carry insurance on those particular things, so that’ll be sorted out there from that stand point,” Yennie said.

We reached out to the C & S Transit Inc., the company that owns the two buses involved, and they did not want to comment on the matter.

Sullivan County school buses do not currently have seat belts installed. Yennie said there are both pros and cons involved in requiring every student to wear a seat belt, and that the school board may take the issue up in the future.

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