WILSON COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – News 2 cameras were rolling as a Wilson County school bus driver maneuvered through lanes of traffic with what appears to be students on the bus.
The incident happened about 7:15 a.m. Wednesday morning as the bus was making a left turn off of North Greenhill Road onto Lebanon Road, not far from W.A. Wright Elementary School.
News 2 took the video to the school’s department of transportation to review.
We showed it to the public information officer of Wilson County Schools, Amelia Hipps.
She said after reviewing the video, she doesn’t believe the driver did anything wrong.
“He moved over appropriately into the turn lane. He was trying to move over into the inside lane, and the car right there, the traffic stops,” said Hipps.
The driver was given the rest of the day off so the district could investigate further and review surveillance video on the bus.
Hipps told News 2 the district reached the following conclusion.
“He had to use defensive driving measures to avoid hitting that car that was in front of him.”
Hipps also said the bus driver is a 15-year employee of the department and a seasoned driver.
The Director of Transportation for Wilson County Schools said that plans were already in the works to change bus procedures and routes, long before Wednesday’s incident.
Tiffany Lowery outlined the changes for the 2015-2016 school year and sent News 2 the following statement:
After reviewing our current bus routes, I will be making route changes for the 2015-16 school year so that buses will avoid blind curves and hills, as well as crossing any four-lane highways. In addition, instead of the four hours of in-service training prior to the start of the new school year on Aug. 3, the Transportation Department will hold a two-day in-service.
The first day will be an 8-hour in-service training day, and on the second day, all drivers will be out conducting their dry runs to help pinpoint any safety related modifications that need to be changed on their route prior to the start of school. Our mission is to provide safe and efficient transportation to students from home to school and back and for special activities. The safety of our students is paramount in all we do.”