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Report: Driver trying to avoid a school bus

Report: Driver trying to avoid a school bus

An Obion County man who died in a traffic accident Monday near Gates in Lauderdale County apparently was trying to avoid a school bus at the time.
Robert S. “Steve” Dugger, 49, of 2516 Troy-Hickman Road near Troy was pronounced dead at the scene of a one-vehicle crash that occurred about 7:10 a.m. on Highway 51 near the Highway 180 intersection, according to Tennessee Highway Patrol dispatch in Memphis.
He was a driver for Rogers Oil Co. of Union City.
The THP reported today that Dugger was traveling northbound on Highway 51 in a 2003 International tractor-trailer — which was hauling fuel — when he steered the vehicle to the left to avoid striking a school bus that was stopped in the roadway. The rig traveled into the median and started traveling northbound in the southbound lane. It approached another vehicle traveling southbound and Dugger apparently then attempted to avoid the southbound vehicle by traveling off the west side of the roadway.
The tractor-trailer then struck a private drive, overturning onto its side. The vehicle came to final rest on its passenger side.
The driver was not wearing a seat belt, according to the THP.
Both lanes of Highway 51 where the crash occurred between Halls and Ripley were reported to have remained closed throughout the day Monday as the wreckage was cleared and the crash was investigated by the THP. Firefighters and hazardous materials teams were among those on the scene due to the fuel involved.
White-Ranson Funeral Home is in charge of funeral arrangements. (See page 2.) Published in The Messenger 10.23.07

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