Bus involved in wreck


By Reina Cunningham - [email protected]



Photo submitted A school bus collided with a Ford Escape on Friday afternoon.


Bell County School Bus No. 14 was recently involved in what is being reported as a no-injury wreck. The wreck took place after school on Friday and involved the bus and a sport utility vehicle.

The Bell County Sheriff’s Department issued a press release Saturday morning detailing the available information concerning the wreck.

According to the press release, Bell County Dispatch received a phone call of a school bus verses vehicle accident shortly after 4 p.m.

The press release states Bell County Sheriff’s Deputy Robin Venable was the first officer to respond. According to Venable, Bell County Bus Driver David Deitsch stated he was traveling south on Old Cross Road when a 2002 Ford Escape pulled out from Wayland Smith Lane, making a left turn onto Old Cross Road.

According to the press release, the 2002 Ford Escape was driven by Lisa Burke, 55. Burke stated she had looked both ways twice before pulling out and did not see anything. Upon pulling out, the 2002 Ford Escape and Bell County School Bus No. 14 collided.

The press release stated that at the time of the wreck, Bell County School Bus No. 14 was transporting 18 children home from the Bell County School system. At the time of the press release, no injuries of any kind were reported from any of the 18 children.

According to the release, upon leaving the scene, Burke stated that she and her daughter, Kennessa, 14, were going to Middlesboro ARH to be checked out.

The press release states Burke’s vehicle sustained moderate to severe damage. Bell County Sheriff’s Deputy Robin Venable found no cause to issue any citations in regards to the wreck.

According to the press release, the scene was cleared at 4:57 p.m., less than an hour after Bell County Dispatch received the initial phone call concerning the wreck.

Reach Reina P. Cunningham at 606-302-9091 or on Twitter @ReinaDailyNews.

Photo submitted A school bus collided with a Ford Escape on Friday afternoon.
http://middlesborodailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_bellwreck.jpgPhoto submitted A school bus collided with a Ford Escape on Friday afternoon.

By Reina Cunningham

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