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School bus in fatal accident; no students hurt

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By The Staff

By CINDY SIMPSON

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csimpson@roanecounty.com

An Oliver Springs man was killed and at least four others were injured in a traffic accident involving a Roane County school bus on Hwy. 61 near Oliver Springs Tuesday morning.

Kenneth Collins was dead on the scene of the early morning crash, said Trooper Rodney Redmon of the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

Witnesses told authorities a pickup truck heading east on Hwy. 61 crossed the center line and struck the bus head on, Redmon said.

Dispatchers were alerted to the accident around 6:40 a.m.

Roane County Bus 85, its front end crumbled from the impact, rested in a ditch on the side of the busy roadway.

A black Nissan Frontier, also heavily damaged, sat on the other side of the road.

Troopers were seen snapping pictures under a draped white sheet next to the pickup.

Officials said the four were injured on the bus were two students, bus driver Ron Crabtree and attendant Debbie Farmer.

No one else was on the special-needs bus, which was still early into its route, officials said.

Roane County Schools Director Toni McGriff was not in the office Tuesday to comment, according to staff.

Roane County schools transportation supervisor Tim Goss said those on the bus were taken to Methodist Medical Center in Oak Ridge and then released.

Redmon said the department was still investigating the scene with the Critical Incident Response Team.