Two people were killed in a school bus crash where children were on board, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol.
The Tuesday afternoon crash involved a utility services vehicle and a Meigs County school bus and occurred on a state highway about 150 miles southeast of Nashville.
Multiple injuries were also reported as a result of the crash.
According to the Meigs County Board of Education, the bus was on its afternoon route taking students home when the crash happened.
“At present all families have been notified and children have returned home with a family member or were taken to area hospitals for treatment” the board of education said in a statement.
It’s unclear how many people were aboard the bus or how many injured people were taken to the hospital.
Reports later detailed multiple helicopters landing at a nearby children’s hospital.
The state of Tennessee offered assistance to the county and school district.
“I and the entire staff at the Tennessee Department of Education are deeply saddened to hear about the fatal bus crash in Meigs County earlier this afternoon," state education commissioner Penny Schwinn said. "No words can express our sympathies for those lives that were lost. We send our deepest condolences to the students, families, school staff and leaders, district staff and the entire Meigs County community affected by this tragic accident and wish healing for all those injured. The department has communicated with district leaders and staff in Meigs County and surrounding areas and is mobilizing to support this community in safety response and services.”
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