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Students not injured in Thursday school bus wreck

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Students in a Wilson County school bus accident were not injured Thursday afternoon in Mt. Juliet.

Wilson County Schools spokesperson Jennifer Johnson confirmed the bus involved was from West Wilson Middle School and the accident happened around 4:14 p.m. during transport home. The bus number was 2782.

According to a Tennessee Highway Patrol accident report, there were 10 students on board when the accident occurred at the corner of Lebanon Road and Dogwood Trail.

The bus was hit by a 2010 Hyundai Sonata, driven by a 16-year-old, according to the report. The school bus was stopped on Dogwood Trail, facing north waiting to make a right hand turn onto Lebanon Road. The report says the driver of the car swerved to avoid making contact with a stopped vehicle waiting to make a left-hand turn onto Cooks Hill Road, then ran off the right side of the road onto Dogwood Trail and hit the bus, just near the left rear axle.

Richard Elizandro was the bus driver. He was wearing a seatbelt and not injured.

The driver of the car was also wearing a seatbelt and had a 7-month-old restrained in a rear-facing child restraint. Neither was injured.

The report says no alcohol or drugs were involved, and no charges were pressed.

Johnson again confirmed no student was hurt and their parents were informed of the accident. Another bus was sent to the scene to transport the students home.

The original bus had to be towed from the scene.

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