Results of bus crash investigation to be released today

Becky Campbell • Oct 2, 2012 at 9:44 PM

The Tennessee Highway Patrol and local officials will announce today results from a Washington County school bus crash last month that injured 26 David Crockett High School students when the driver lost control and the bus rolled at least three times.

The Department of Safety issued an official notice of a news conference to be held today at 11 a.m. Officials will not give early indication of charges that the driver, 54-year-old Brenda Gray, of Jonesborough, might face related to the crash.

Investigators met with District Attorney General Tony Clark Tuesday to discuss the case.

THP Sgt. Diane Mays said some parts of the report could be released after the news conference today.

Students have said Gray was driving fast along Mount Wesley Road Sept. 20 when the bus began to sway and ran off the road. Some on the bus said other students urged Gray to go faster as she approached a hill.

So far, investigators have said Gray crossed the center line and ran off the left side of the road, then overcorrected and ran off the right side of the road before the bus rolled over.

Several students were seriously injured, but all have been released from Johnson City Medical Center. Many have already returned to classes, but some are still recovering from their injuries.

Gray, who had driven for the school system at the time of the crash, has been on unpaid leave.

The wreck has brought up the question of seat belts on school buses. They are not required in Tennessee, but some local residents said it’s time to install them.

Director of Schools Ron Dykes said last week that the school board will likely revisit that issue.

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