School bus crash investigation complete

School bus crash investigation complete


The Clay County Sheriff’s Office’s Traffic Safety Unit has concluded its investigation into the school bus crash that occurred Sept. 12, 2022, on Mt. Olivet Road.

The investigation included interviews of the driver and witnesses, on-scene analysis, and a review of video on-board the bus.

The driver, 40-year-old Alissa Batliner, has been issued a traffic citation for careless and imprudent driving. Deputies determined she was momentarily distracted at the time of the crash, went off the roadway and then overcorrected, resulting in the bus ending up on its side.

Two children and the driver were transported to a hospital, where they were treated and released the same day. The 30 Smithville elementary school students on the bus ranged in age from 5 to 12.

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