Empty school bus crosses I-40 lanes, crashes into truck

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Published: Nov. 9, 2017 at 2:46 PM EST
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Crews responded to a crash on I-40 near Broadway involving a school bus and a pick up truck. Offers responded to the scene around 2:30 p.m.

According to the preliminary investigation, Knoxville police said a school bus with no children on board and a Ford pick up truck were heading west on I-40 when the driver of the bus began to exit onto James White Parkway. For an unknown reason, the bus came back across all the lanes of I-40 westbound until the bus slammed into the pick up truck that was traveling on the inside lane near the median.

The truck was pushed up and over the median wall, and it came to rest in the eastbound lanes of I-40.

The driver of the truck had to be extricated from the vehicle by the Knoxville Fire Department.

The bus continued west until it came to a stop along the median wall.

Traffic was impacted on I-40 eastbound and westbound. The accident was cleared as of 4:20 p.m.

Knox County Schools confirmed there were no children on bus #971 at the time of the crash. The bus serves Christenberry and Fulton schools.

Both drivers were taken to UT Medical Center, where they were being treated for their injuries.

Police said it was unknown as of Thursday evening why the bus crossed all lanes of the interstate.

The driver of the bus was identified as Sharon Lynn Emery. The pickup truck driver was identified as Frank Tumazeh.