A school bus was involved in a sideswipe accident with a semi tanker truck this morning (Thursday) on Highway 70 east near the Lake Motel and the Amvets Club.
There were no injuries.
Trooper Sean Tramel of the Tennessee Highway Patrol told WJLE that bus #08-26, driven by 34 year old Shara Cowan of Smithville, was east on Highway 70 and had just begun her route. Other than her own two children who were aboard, Cowan had not yet picked up any other students.
The semi tanker truck, driven by 52 year old Jeffery Stoglin of Sparta, was heading west on Highway 70. According to Trooper Tramel, Stoglin, who works for the Atlantic Bulk Carrier Company of Virginia, was enroute to Murfreesboro hauling pellets.
The cause of the accident remains under investigation but foggy conditions at the time may been have a contributing factor, according to Trooper Tramel
The bus has damage on the driver side. The side mirror was torn off and windows were broken on both sides of the bus near the front, including by the driver.
The semi has damage to a side mirror and a broken glass.
School Transportation Supervisor Jimmy Sprague said bus #14 substituted for bus #26 this morning and another bus will substitute on the route this afternoon.