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Smith Co. man dies in collision with Rutherford band bus

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LEBANON -- A Smith County man was killed and a Rutherford County bus driver injured in a head-on crash involving an Oakland High School band bus Saturday morning near Cedars of Lebanon State Park.

Pleasant Shade's Michael L. Henry, 60, was dead at the scene of the mishap which occurred around 10:45 a.m. on US Highway 231 in Wilson County, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

Bus driver Holly Lane, 31, of Murfreesboro, was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center with two broken ankles.

Nine students aboard the bus were also taken to Lebanon's University Medical Center with non-critical injuries. Eight were released later in the afternoon and one remained hospitalized.

A preliminary investigation shows that Henry, who was driving a 1998 Dodge Durango, crossed into the path of the school bus, striking it head-on. Henry was reportedly driving Southbound on US 231 en route to the Parkland Flea Market. Relatives said he was an avid collector and made the flea market rounds on weekends.

The investigation is ongoing at this time, spokeswoman Dalya Qualls stated in an email. An official fatality report will likely not be released until Monday.

The bus was part of a two-bus convoy transporting the OHS band to the annual band competition at Lebanon High's Nokes-Lasater Field.

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