Tornado flips RV on Middle Tenn. school bus with driver still inside, report says

A Trousdale County bus was knocked on its side and hit with an RV while the driver was inside, a report says.
5th-wheel camper lands on school bus in Trousdale County
5th-wheel camper lands on school bus in Trousdale County(WSMV via Dr. Clint A. Satterfield)
Published: Dec. 6, 2021 at 8:54 AM CST
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HARTSVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - A Trousdale County school bus is likely a total loss after being flipped over by a tornado and then hit with a large RV while the driver was still inside Monday morning, a report from WSMV in Nashville said.

Just after 6 a.m., Trousdale County School District Superintendent of Schools Clint Satterfield said winds flipped the camper onto a school bus that was stationed at the driver’s home, the report said.

“It’s unbelievable,” Satterfield told WSMV. “It looks like he was playing with a Matchbox set. It looked like he turned the bus over on its sides and then took up the camper and put it on top.”

Satterfield called the incident a “miracle,” WSMV’s report said. The driver reportedly crawled out of the emergency hatch on top of the bus and is not injured.

TCS closed schools for Monday due to the high winds and storm. There were no students in the school bus at the time, the report said.

On Dec. 7, the National Weather Service confirmed that a tornado touched down just east of Hankins Lane and continued eastward where it blew down several trees on Oldham Road. Officials said that the tornado destroyed barns and outbuildings, dozens of trees and was the reason for the RV incident.

The tornado was the first December one on record for Trousdale County.

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