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Name released of Greene Co. boy killed in bus accident

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The little boy who was hit and killed by a school bus Thursday morning was not supposed to be riding the bus that day.

According to the report from the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Austin Baughard, 12, of Greeneville was run over as he was approaching to board the bus.

The accident was reported at 6:49 a.m. at the intersection of Holder Road and Snapps Ferry Road.

The report says the victim had been suspended from riding the bus this week, and wasn't supposed to be back on the bus until Monday.  The driver told investigators the boy's sister got on the bus this morning and he watched her in the rearview mirror as she walked to the back to take a seat.  He said before she sat down, she said "Wait, my brother is coming."  The driver stated he started to drive away and thought he hit a dog.  When he backed up, he found the boy. 

The report identifies the driver of the bus as Ronnie Whitson, 62, of Afton.  He has not been charged, though the THP report says that charges are pending.

Greene County school officials say they plan to meet with bus drivers Friday to reinforce the importance of their job.

Grief counselors will also be at the school to help students and staff.

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The investigating trooper with THP has confirmed that a 12-year-old boy was killed Thursday morning in a bus accident on Holder Road in Greene County.

The THP says it appears the boy was loading onto the bus when the accident occurred one mile from Snapps Ferry Rd around 6:40 a.m.

There were no other vehicles involved.

Several agencies including the Greene County Sheriff Office and THP's Critical Response are investigating the death. 

An exact chain of events leading up to the death are still being looked into.

Once the scene has been cleared, there will be a thorough inspection of the bus making sure everything was working properly.

10News has a crew en route.  Stay with 10News and for more information on this developing story.

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Both the Tennessee Highway Patrol and Greene County Sheriff's Office confirms troopers are investigating an accident on Holder Road in Greene County Thursday morning.

The sheriff's office told 10News it occurred just before 7:00 a.m.

Few details are being released at this time.

Stay with 10News and for more on this developing story.

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