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Coffee County school bus involved in crash; 9 students transported with minor injuries, officials say

Posted on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 8:46 am

EMS worker Whitney Aussiker prepares to help transport an injured Coffee Middle School student after the bus was hit in the side Wednesday morning. School officials say 11 students were transported to area hospitals with minor injuries. – Staff photo by Josh Peterson

Eleven Coffee County Middle School students and a bus driver were transported to Unity Medical Center with minor injuries after a school bus crash Wednesday morning near the intersection of Spring and Coffee streets in Manchester.

According to the police report, John McChesney, 62, of Manchester was traveling east on Coffee Street and approaching South Spring Street at approximately 7:20 a.m. He told police his brakes did not work as he entered the intersection. He also told police he thought the light was green.

Two witnesses said they heard the crash, looked up and noted the light was green for the school bus.

A total of 45 students were on the bus driven by William Carden, 76, of Beechgrove. According to the police report, he was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

According to Coffee County Deputy Director of Schools Joe Pedigo, there were no serious injuries. The students were being transported to Coffee County Middle School from Hickerson Elementary.

After striking the bus, McChesney’s 2013 Ford Focus then ricocheted¬† into a 2015 Nissan Altima driven by Vicki Hall of Murfreesboro.

Neither Hall nor McChesney was transported to the hospital.

Neither alcohol or drugs were involved in the incident, according to the report.

Pictured is one of the vehicles involved in an accident with a Coffee County School System bus Wednesday morning, Jan. 24, 2018. – Staff photo by Josh Peterson