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School Bus Accident in South Nashville Involving Metropolitan Action Commission Head Start Bus

12/13/2017
Lisa McCrady (615) 862-8860, Ext 70144-Office (615) 566-4710-Cell

Statement Regarding School Bus Accident in South Nashville Involving a Metropolitan Action Commission Head Start Bus

Lisa McCrady 615-862-8860, Ext 70144-Office 615-566-4710-Cell

On Wednesday morning one of the Metropolitan Action Commission Head Start buses was involved in an accident. The bus was rear-ended by a motorist who was reported as following too close at the Vultee Boulevard and Murfreesboro Road area.

On board were three children, two bus monitors and the driver. One child was evaluated at the scene of the accident by the emergency response team and transported to the Monroe Carroll Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt due to the complaint by the child that she hit her head. That child was evaluated by the hospital doctor and determined that she did not sustain any head injuries and was released to her parents.

The two remaining children and the three staff were also evaluated at the scene of the accident by the responding emergency personnel. Although it was determined that they did not sustain any visible injuries that warranted emergency transport, the Metropolitan Action Commission has an internal practice which requires all children and staff to receive an additional evaluation by Metro Nashville General Hospital when involved in any traffic incidents. Additionally Metro Action follows the federal Department of Transportation (USDOT) policy related to traffic accidents.

The Metropolitan Action Commission transports just over 500 pre-school children enrolled in its seven Head Start Centers throughout the city each day. Metropolitan Action Commission has a total enrollment of 1,365 children in the Head Start program which serves 3-5 year old children within the centers and two partner locations.

The agency also has the Early Head Start program which serves 120 families which consist of expecting mothers and children birth to 2 years old. The children enrolled in the EHS program are transported by parents to the centers, not by bus.

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