School Bus Crash Closes Highway 153 in Chattanooga, Injuring Driver and Attendant

A multi-vehicle crash involving a school bus closed the southbound side of Highway 153 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on May 13, 2024. The bus driver and attendant were taken to a hospital with minor injuries, but no students were on board.

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School Bus Crash Closes Highway 153 in Chattanooga, Injuring Driver and Attendant

School Bus Crash Closes Highway 153 in Chattanooga, Injuring Driver and Attendant

A multi-vehicle crash involving a school bus closed the southbound side of Highway 153 near Chickamauga Dam in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on May 13, 2024. The crash occurred around 8:30 am and involved at least six vehicles, including a school bus owned by First Student, which is contracted by Hamilton County Schools (HCS).

Why this matters: This incident highlights the importance of ensuring the safety of school transportation, as even a minor accident can have significant consequences. It also underscores the need for thorough investigations into the causes of such crashes to prevent similar incidents in the future.

Fortunately, no students were on the school bus at the time of the crash. The bus driver and an attendant were taken to a hospital for minor injuries. "A bus was involved in an accident this morning on Highway 153. There were no students on the bus. The driver and an attendant have been transported from the scene. No additional information is available at this time," said Steve Doremus, HCS spokesperson.

The crash blocked all lanes on the southbound side near the on-ramp from Access Road at the Chickamauga Dam, forcing police to route drivers to the left shoulder to pass the wreck. Traffic was diverted with delays expected, and motorists were advised to consider an alternate route. All lanes have since reopened.

The Chattanooga Police Department (CPD) is currently investigating the cause of the multi-vehicle crash. No further details have been released at this time regarding what led to the accident or the conditions of others involved.

The crash on Highway 153 involving the school bus is the latest traffic incident to affect the busy Chattanooga artery. With the bus driver and attendant sustaining only minor injuries and no students on board, the outcome was fortunate given the scale of the multi-vehicle accident that shut down the southbound lanes of the highway on this May morning.

Key Takeaways

  • School bus crash on Hwy 153 in Chattanooga, TN, closes southbound lanes.
  • No students on bus; driver and attendant suffer minor injuries.
  • At least 6 vehicles involved in crash, which occurred around 8:30 am.
  • Chattanooga Police Department investigating cause of crash.
  • All lanes have reopened; traffic diverted with delays expected.