City school bus hit by car

Published 8:13 am Thursday, August 22, 2019


The Tennessee Highway Patrol is looking for the driver of a small yellow Chevy sedan that hit an Elizabethton city school bus and drove off on Tuesday around 3 p.m.

According to a report released by the THP, the sedan hit the bus while it was making a left turn off of Watauga Ave. onto Church St. The sedan was traveling on South Church St. when it ran a stop sign and struck the bus. The report says that the driver of the car then left the scene of the crash.

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“All we know right now is that it is a small yellow Chevy car. We have pulled the video camera from the side of the bus and got a tag number, however, the tag did not belong to this vehicle. The car should have damage to the left front end driver’s side,” the report said.

The bus was carrying 12 students and the driver, however there were no injuries reported.

City school officials said that the damage to the bus was minimal.

“We are just glad no one was hurt,” said John Hutchins, director of transportation for the city school system. “We hope the [driver] that hit the bus is caught.”

THP has reported on their THP Fall Branch Twitter account “HIT/ RUN Solved: Thank you to everyone that assisted in this hit/ run property damage crash yesterday involving a school bus in Elizabethton, Tn.”