Knox County Bus driver charged with DUI after crashing bus with students on board
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A Knox County Schools bus driver has been charged with DUI, reckless endangerment and simple possession after crashing his bus with 26 students on board.
Knoxville police said in a news release that 78-year-old Hollis Walker was driving Green Magnet Elementary School students on Thursday to a field trip when the bus ran into a gate and a fence while entering Safety City, a popular destination that features a child-size replica of Knoxville.
No children were hurt in the incident. Authorities say medical personnel found Walker slumped over the steering wheel and incoherent. He was taken to a hospital.
Police say 21 pills were missing from a prescribed bottle of Klonopin that had been filled earlier that morning. The prescription wasn’t in Walker’s name.
It’s unclear whether Walker has an attorney.