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Parents relieved by minor injuries in Blount Co. school bus crash

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A Christmas field trip came to an abrupt end for nearly one hundred Blount County School children, teachers, and chaperones this morning Thursday morning.

Two buses, 82 and 6, and a Toyota Corolla from Carpenters Elementary School were involved in an accident on Alcoa Highway near the Neyland Drive Exit. Ambulances took five students and the driver of the car to the hospital.

As of 1:00 p.m. Thursday, all five Blount County School children had been treated and released from East Tennessee Children's Hospital, according to a hospital spokesperson.

The driver of bus 82, Joseph Hackney of Blount County, is being cited for careless driving and driving on expired tags.

Knoxville Police Department said when Bus 6 had to slow for traffic, Hackney's bus could not slow down in time. Hackney's bus then side-swiped the first bus. Hackney's bus then swerved into the center lane into the path of a Toyota Corolla.

20-year-old Clara Beasley of Knoxville who was driving the Corolla could not avoid hitting Hackney's bus. Beasley was taken to UT Medical Center where she is listed in stable condition.

Parents received a call about the crash soon after it happened. The mom of one 2nd grader, Jeneed Abrams, ran to the scene to check on her daughter.

"Just as a mom you want to make sure yourself that everything's really okay," said Abrams. "She was glad to see mommy of course. She was glad to get a hug. I actually went through the bus and hugged a few of the children."

Abrams said she led some of the children in Christmas songs to help pass the time.

Replacement buses came to pick up the children and take them back to school for the rest of the day.

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Update 10:36 a.m.

A KPD Spokesman says there are now a total of five Carpenters Elementary School students who have been taken to Childrens Hospital for observation following a collision involving two Blount County school buses.

The students under observation were all riding Bus #6.  Police say they were taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure.

Authorities advise parents to contact Carpenters Elementary School to check on their children.

Update 10:22 a.m.

According to a 10News crew on the scene, one Carpenters Elementary School student was sent to the hospital for observation following a collision between two school buses Thursday morning.  A spokesman with the Knoxville Police Department says the student did not have serious injuries. 

The accident occurred around 9:15 a.m. in the northbound lanes of Alcoa Highway near the Neyland Drive exit.

The school principal says one bus stopped suddenly, and the bus traveling behind it bumped into the back. A Toyota Corolla then rear-ended the second bus.

The driver of the Corolla was taken to UT Medical Center.  The victim's condition is unknown.

Police say charges will be filed this afternoon.

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No students were injured when one school bus rear-ended the other on Alcoa Highway near the Neyland Drive exit.

The accident was reported around 9:15 am, in the northbound lanes. 

The students were from Carpenters Elementary School in Blount County.  Principal Fred Goins says the kids were on their way to see the Nutcracker ballet at the Civic Auditorium.  Goins says one bus stopped suddenly, and the bus traveling behind it bumped into the back.  There are other buses on the way to pick those students up, and they will be taken back to the school.

There's no official word on whether any other vehicles were involved in the accident.



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