Upstate schools discuss bus safety after TN crash

GREENVILLE, SC (WSPA) – Greenville County Schools says it’s not reviewing its safety procedures in the wake of the Tennessee school bus crash.

The district says measures already in place exceeds what the state requires.

Five children were killed Monday after a school bus in Chattanooga veered off the road and hit a tree.  According to a criminal complaint, Johnthany Walker, the driver of the bus, was speeding. He has since been charged with five counts of vehicular homicide, one for each of the children killed.

Greenville County Schools says it does an extensive background check on each of the district’s 400 bus drivers before they are hired and then they’re put through a series of training exercises and protocols.  The buses are also monitored with cameras and GPS technology.

“We would rather be too careful with our drivers than not careful enough,” said Beth Brotherton, a spokeswoman with Greenville Public Schools.

Schools districts in Anderson and Spartanburg counties use similar measures to screen applications before they’re hired.

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