Hamilton County school bus hits power pole on Signal Mountain

Hamilton County school bus hits power pole on Signal Mountain

August 16th, 2019 by Meghan Mangrum in Breaking News

Some Signal Mountain students were delayed on their way home from school Friday after a Hamilton County Schools bus was involved in a minor incident.

The bus hit a power pole at 1422 East Brow Road on Friday afternoon. About 30-50 students from Signal Mountain Middle/High School were on board at the time, said district spokesman Tim Hensley.

There was some damage to the bus' side mirror, Hensley said, which prevented the bus from continuing on its route.

Law enforcement responded and no injuries were reported. A replacement bus was sent to pick up the students and continue the route, Hensley said.

This is the second such incident reported this school year, according to Hensley, but he didn't have details on the previous incident that occurred earlier this week.

This school year marks the first year of the district's new transportation contract with First Student Inc

It is unknown if the bus involved in this incident was a First Student Inc. bus or one of the privately owned buses operated by independent contract drivers. 

The district contracts with about 70 independent bus drivers in addition to its agreement with First Student

This is a developing story. Check back with the Times Free Press for updates.

Contact Meghan Mangrum at mmangrum@timesfreepress.com or 423-757- 6592. Follow her on Twitter @memangrum.