(Updated) Cullman County school bus hit; other driver killed

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A Cullman County Schools bus was hit head-on by a small truck Friday morning. (Photo courtesy of Crisstene Hale)

Updated 10-23-20 at 2:08 p.m.

From Alabama State Troopers: “A two-vehicle crash at 7:15 a.m. today, Oct 23, has claimed the life of a Cullman man.  Joshua Charles Skinner, 35, was killed when the 2000 Nissan Frontier he was operating crossed the center line and collided with a 2014 Bluebird International School Bus.  Skinner, who was not using his seatbelt, was pronounced dead at the scene.  Five juvenile passengers on the bus were transported to local hospitals for treatment.  The crash occurred on County Road 747 near County Road 703 approximately 6 miles east of Cullman.  Speed is believed to be a contributing factor to the crash.  Nothing further is available as Troopers with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) Highway Patrol Division continue to investigate.”


Updated 10-23-20 at 1 p.m.

Cullman County Coroner Jeremy L. Kilpatrick has identified the deceased as Joshua Charles Skinner, 35, of Cullman.


WELTI, Ala. – A wreck involving a vehicle and a Cullman County School bus Friday morning sent two students to the hospital for evaluation. The driver of the vehicle that hit the bus was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash happened in front of Welti School in the 800 block of County Road 747 shortly after 7 a.m.

Cullman County Coroner Jeremy L. Kilpatrick confirmed the fatality.

Cullman County Schools Superintendent Dr. Shane Barnette said there were 17 students on the bus at the time of the crash.

“One (student)was transported by ambulance as a precaution, and one student was carried by (his or her) parents to be evaluated, but both are doing good,” he said. “The bus driver and students are OK.”

State Troopers and Cullman EMS responded to the scene, along with volunteer firefighters from Gold Ridge, Berlin, Walter and Holly Pond.

This is a developing story.

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