Bus Driver On the Job For A Week Suspended After Being Charged In Morning Crash

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A bus driver on the job for just over a week is suspended without pay after being charged in a morning crash that injured himself and several students.

Six Nashville Elementary School students were taken to the hospital after the crash on Bodie Mill Pond Road, according to Ashley Simmons, chief public information officer for Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools. The bus driver was also taken to Nash General Hospital. No serious injuries were reported.

Simmons says the bus driver lost control and ran off the road. The bus ended up flipped over in a ravine. It's not clear why the driver lost control.

Domenick Battle was charged by troopers for failing to maintain lane control. Troopers charged the 24-year-old after they inspected the bus and found no mechanical problems.

The school system says Battle started driving a bus for them just last Tuesday.

The bus, a 1998 model, has 163,138 miles on it and the school system says it will undergo an additional inspection.