Kingsport Times-News: Sullivan County bus driver cited in crash

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Sullivan County bus driver cited in crash

Staff report • Dec 4, 2018 at 11:59 AM

BLOUNTVILLE — A woman had to be extricated from her car following a Tuesday morning crash outside Sullivan Central High School, where a school bus driver allegedly pulled into her path, causing the collision.

According to a preliminary report from the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the incident occurred at about 8:22 a.m. A school bus, occupied by only the driver, was attempting to turn left off State Route 126 and onto Shipley Ferry Road.

Meanwhile, a Toyota Camry was eastbound on 126 and couldn’t avoid striking the bus. The female driver of the car suffered minor injuries, according to the THP, and had to be extricated from her car. She was then taken to Bristol Regional Medical Center for treatment.

The bus driver, identified as George Cole, of Kingsport, was uninjured. However, his insurance was found to be expired, and he was also charged with failure to yield the right-of-way. Billy Miller, a supervisor who oversees transporation for Sullivan County Schools, said the proof of insurance on the bus was an expired copy but that bus owner C & S Transit Inc. of Kingsport definitely has insurance on its buses.

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