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School bus, car collide

A car collided with Knox County school bus No. 176 on Misty Springs Road before school Tuesday, Aug. 14, sending four people to a local hospital.

“What actually happened is under investigation, that will continue for some time by Knox County Sheriff’s [Office]. Currently the patients are being taken care of and getting reunited with their parents,” Scott Warden, battalion chief for Rural Metro Fire Department, said. “There were five children on board plus the bus driver. Three children and one bus driver are being transported to [Baptist Hospital West.]”

Warden said he could not release the names of the children or adults involved in the motor vehicle collision.

“I don’t have any ages, but this bus was going to Karns High School,” Warden said. “Most of the injuries were very minor, basically neck and back injuries. All were transported non-emergency. Everybody else was taken to school.”

According to KCSO officers, “A woman, Saroj Mehta, 59, pulled out of a private drive-way and slammed into the side of a the school bus at 7:41 a.m.”

The driver of the car was not hurt but was cited for failure to yeild, officers said.

Michael Smith lives on Misty Springs Road near the scene and said he heard the collision.

“Nobody saw it, but I heard it,” he said. “I heard it, and when I walked out I saw [a neighbor], she was running out too. I spoke with her; she didn’t see it either.”

Smith said his neighbor, who lives in a home owned by Ram D. and Saroj Mehta according to Knox County tax information, was involved in the


“When I walked out, [Mehta’s] car was rolling back. I don’t know if she backed up or if she was coasting backward. I ran and checked on her. She was pretty shaken up,” he added. “I ran and got on the bus, and the bus driver was already calling someone. He said his back was hurt and a couple of the kids in back were shaken up.”

Smith said it looked like his neighbor collided with the side of the bus.

“I’m sure she was just pulling right out of the driveway. It looks like whoever was on the back of the bus probably went for a big ride, because the back end of the bus drove over her car,” he said.

As far as injuries, “I saw a girl being taken away. She was moving kind of slow,” Smith said. “I heard a parent say, apparently there was a parent here whose son was on the bus, and she recognized the girl. Then I heard [the student] talking on the phone saying her shoulder was hurting her.”


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