Woman charged after car hits boy at school bus stop in Tennessee

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WASHINGTON COUNTY, TN (WJHL) – The  Washington County, TN Sheriff’s Office says a woman is facing charges after a boy was hit by a car while boarding Washington County, TN Schools’ bus number 32.

The sheriff’s office says 41-year-old Crystal Buchanan, of Jonesborough, has been charged with felony reckless endangerment and illegal passing of a school bus or failure to yield to a stopped school bus.

According to WCSO, the child was taken to Niswonger Children’s Hospital in Johnson City. 

The child’s condition is not known at this time, but Washington County, TN Schools Superintendent Bill Flanary told us the child was taken to the hospital “as a precaution.” 

School officials say that is a good sign that he will most likely be OK. A deputy on the scene told News Channel 11 the child was alert and talking as he was being transported to the hospital.

It happened on Highway 81S near Jim Towne Road shortly after 6:30 this morning when the young boy was crossing the road from his house to get on the school bus when he was struck by the passing car, a Mitsubishi Lancer.  

The sheriff’s office says the school bus was stopped in the road with it sop stop sign and red lights flashing when the boy was hit. 

Other students were on board the bus when the child was hit.  The bus transported them to school.

The Washington County, TN Sheriff’s Office said this is an active investigation, and investigators are currently talking with the driver of the car that hit the child.

Investigators say the school bus driver was not at fault.

Buchanan is reportedly out of jail after posting bail of $1000 and is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. 

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