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.

Categories: Regional News, State News-Tennessee

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