UPDATE: 6:00 p.m.: The Tennessee Highway Patrol sent us the following information about the accident:
"Preliminary information on this afternoon’s school bus crash is as follows.
It appears the bus was traveling on Mount Wesley Road in Washington County, when the tires dropped off the right side of the roadway, the driver overcorrected and the bus overturned. It happened at approximately 3 p.m. (EDT).
Early information reveals that 67 students were on board; 22 were transported to Holston Valley, Johnson City Medical Center and Franklin Woods Hospital. The remainder of the students were transported by another bus to Mount Wesley Church for pickup. From what I understand, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office is the point of contact for the individuals at Mount Wesley Church.
The driver suffered minor injuries, but has not been transported at this time.
The roadway is currently shut down.
This is all of the information available at this time."
UPDATE: 4:55 p.m.: According to the Washington County, Tennessee Sheriff’s Department: if your child was on that bus, and is not home call Johnson City Medical Center at (423) 431-6111. They’re still working to gather the names of injured.
12 students were taken to JCMC. Several more are at Holston Valley.
There are some very serious injuries according to the Washington county, TN Sheriff’s department.
You can get more updates here from the Washington County Department of Education's website.
UPDATE 4:35 p.m.: Susan Kiernan, Assistant Director of Washington County schools, confirmed the following information for us:
"Three helicopters were send to the scene, 10-12 students were taken to Johnson City Medical Center.
Another 20 students had minor injuries.
Bus driver was walking around, don’t know extent of her injuries.
Bus was #88, which was subbing for bus #30.
The bus flipped over. There were 67 kids on board. Bus was full. It was taking David Crockett HS students home.
Another bus is taking students home.
A single vehicle accident, only the bus was involved. No other victims.
Director of schools is on the scene. No word on what caused bus to flip over yet."
Johnson City Medical Center released the following statement:
"The staff at Johnson City Medical Center's Level 1 trauma center are currently treating multiple patients from the school bus crash in Telford. The hospital has initiated disaster protocol, and Ed Herbert will serve as public information officer. For our patients' safety and privacy, please refrain from sending photographers or videographers to JCMC property at this time. As soon as the situation has been assessed and stabilized, we will have someone available to speak to media with updates. Thank you for your understanding."