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Officials said a school bus carrying children crashed in Tennessee, killing a 7-year-old girl and their bus driver and wounding others.

Lieutenant Bill Miller of Tennessee Highway Patrol said the accident involved a utility vehicle and occurred on State Highway 58 in Meggs County in eastern Tennessee.

There were 22 children on the bus when the accident happened. Officials said five were airlifted to a regional hospital, while two were in an ambulance.

THP said at a press conference Tuesday evening at Meigs South Elementary School in Decatur, that the bus driver, a woman, had no opportunity to stop, Chattanooga Times Free Press reported.

One of the students, a boy, was in critical condition and undergoing surgery until late Tuesday night. No names have been released pending notification of the family.

Lieutenant Miller said: “My condolences to this community and to the family of the school bus driver and the family of the 7-year-old who was killed tonight in this accident.”

Tennessee Education Commissioner Benny Schwen said in a statement that she and all the Tennessee Department of Education staff were “extremely sad” to hear about the accident.

The driver of the utility vehicle, from Service Electric, is treated for minor injuries.

Authorities are investigating the accident. No charges were filed in the incident.

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