School bus driver killed in Meigs County crash identified; survivors in stable condition, officials say

Staff photo by Troy Stolt / Tennessee Highway Patrol Lt. Bill Miller speaks during a news conference addressing a fatal bus crash that killed one child at Meigs South Elementary School on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020 in Decatur, Tenn.

The deceased driver of the Meigs County school bus that crashed Tuesday afternoon has been identified as 53-year-old Lisa Dillard, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

The 7-year-old girl who also died has not yet been identified. Officials did not explain why.

Seven other children who were hospitalized were in stable condition as of Wednesday afternoon.

Thirty-two children and one adult - the bus driver - were aboard the bus, according to school officials, when a utility vehicle slid sideways into its path in the 7700 block of Highway 58. Officials initially said there were 22 children on board, and the THP has said there were 24.

Five children were airlifted to hospitals, and two were taken by ambulance. Several others were treated and released from multiple hospitals, in Chattanooga, Cleveland, Athens and Rhea County, school officials said.