Bus driver relives moment after wind overturns school bus

By Joseph Wenzel

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HARTSVILLE, Tennessee (WSMV) – One of the school buses in Trousdale County is likely to be completely damaged after being overturned by strong winds and subsequently, being hit by a 5th wheel Monday morning.

Around 6:20 a.m., Trousdale County School District Superintendent Clint Satterfield said the wind flipped a fifth-wheeler camper onto a school bus that was stationed at a driver’s home.

“It was unbelievable,” Satterfield said. “Looks like he’s playing with a Matchbox set. Looks like he flipped the bus upside down and then took the camper and put it on top.”

There were no students on the bus at the time. Satterfield said it was a “miracle” that no one was injured in the collision.

“He said ‘where are you,’ I said ‘I’m on the bus,’ he said ‘you’re joking, I’m not, laughing,'” bus driver Don Robinson said.

The bus driver was warming up the bus when it overturned. The driver was able to crawl out of the overhead exit.

“It wasn’t bad at all and the next thing I knew it was starting to rain heavily,” Robinson said.

Not only did the bus driver suffer damage to the bus, but Satterfield said his home was also damaged as well as some trees, and he lost his horse to the storm.

Satterfield said he went around Trousdale County to check on the bus driver and believes the damage was caused by the tornado.

Satterfield said it will assess storm damage early Monday morning, and that Trousdale County Schools will be closed for the rest of the day. Schools will reopen on Tuesday.

There are several fallen trees on roads throughout Trousdale County.

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