Robertson County School Bus Gets Stranded in Floodwaters

Robertson County School Bus Gets Stranded in Floodwaters

CROSS PLAINS, TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) – Today, a school bus carrying eight students, along with two adults, became stranded after attempting to cross a flooded stretch of road. The driver underestimated the water’s depth, leading to the bus getting stuck.

The incident occurred on Williams Rd between Jimson Rd and Friendship Dr. on Friday morning. MAP The children, ranging in age from about 7 to 17, were carried off the bus to safety by the Orlinda Fire Department and deputies with the Robertson County Sheriff’s Office. Thankfully, no injuries were reported.

This incident serves as a reminder to all drivers: if you encounter water covering a roadway, do not attempt to cross it as the depth can be deceiving and pose a significant risk.  Even if you know the road, the exact pathway can be elusive when the road is covered by water. If a tire finds the edge, as it appears to have here, you may end up with a tire stuck in a soft shoulder. One official told Smokey Barn News that there was a low but measurable risk that the bus could have tipped.

Robertson County Schools offered a statement regarding the incident.

“A Robertson County Schools school bus was involved in an incident with water on a roadway earlier this morning that fortunately ended well but reflected judgment not sanctioned by the district. The episode was placed under immediate review by the director and the transportation supervisor.

“The safety of our students is paramount and upon complete review, all needed action will be taken to ensure this type of incident does not happen again.” Robertson County Schools PIO Jim Bellis