Truck driver charged with DUI in Powell bus crash

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The driver of a truck that collided with a school bus on West Beaver Creek in Powell Tuesday evening is now facing DUI charges in relation to the crash.

According to a police report, Douglas Hemphill was driving on a revoked license and was convicted of a previous DUI offense in 2013 in McMinn County. He also had no car insurance.

The responding officer reported that Hemphill smelled of alcohol and appeared unsteady on his feet with watery, red eyes. The report said an investigation of the vehicle uncovered an open can of Budlight Marg-O-Rita behind the driver's seat. The report said that Hemphill admitted to drinking a 16 oz. beer about 30 minutes prior to the crash.

Witnesses told police they saw the suspect cross over the yellow line and collide with the school bus head-on.

The Knox County School system said three people were transported to a hospital following a school bus crash in the Powell area.

The call came in a little bit after 4:30 p.m. on Beaver Creek Road near Beelertown. Four ambulances have been sent to the scene.

KCS said the driver of a bus that serves Richard Oakley was involved in an incident with another vehicle that crossed the center lane. Three people, the bus driver, a student and a teaching assistant, were on the bus and were transported to a local hospital.

Rural Metro said the driver of the other vehicle was also transported to the hospital.

Rural Metro said it was bus 344.

Rural Metro and Knoxville Rescue Squad were sent to the scene.