UPDATE: Caverna Elementary school bus crashes

Published: Nov. 30, 2015 at 10:55 PM CST
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A parent's worst nightmare brought to life near Caverna High School Monday afternoon. Just before 3:00 PM, a bus carrying elementary school students collided with a group of trees in a ditch, sending everyone into a panic.

"The accident happened when the bus which was traveling northbound on Old Dixie Highway met a car that was going southbound that had come across the center lane," said Caverna Independent Schools Superintendent Cornelius Faulkner.

No one had to be taken from the scene by ambulance, but parents had to wait before they were able to see their children for a small amount of time that seemed like hours to some.

"I was nervous. I was scared. I didn't know what was going on. I didn't know if he was hurt or if anyone else was hurt."

Tiffany Simpson's son Timothy is in first grade at Caverna Elementary. She says her son stayed home from school due to being sore, but mostly scared for what he went through.

"He said she ran off the road and hit a tree. Then there was smoke on the bus," said Simpson.

One day after the bus crash on Old Dixie Highway, the scene was still littered with tattered trees, shattered glass, and pieces of the buses' front door twisted out of shape. The chaos easily illustrated how things could have been far worse for the students on board.

"It was very wet outside. It's been raining for the last four days up here. It was just a matter of her responding to a car coming straight at her, and to avoid hitting the car which probably wouldn't have been so good," added Faulkner.

"His back is hurting a little bit. I'm just thankful that everybody is okay," said Simpson when asked about her son.

Tiffany said though she is thankful, her son may never ride the bus to school again.

Caverna Independent Schools said the driver of the bus will be off a few days, but she'll be right back to work as soon as she can.

A school bus crash leaves some Caverna Elementary students shaken and bruised, but not seriously hurt.

Horse Cave Police Chief Sean Henry says the wreck happened around 2:45 p.m. Monday, when bus number 14 went off Dixie Highway and hit a tree.

Chief Henry says EMS was contacted, but the students suffered only scrapes and bruises. He says there were about 25 students on the bus at the time.

We'll have more information on this bus crash as authorities provide it.

...the students suffered only scrapes and bruises.

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