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State: Driver in fatal Knoxville crash not licensed to operate school bus

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Authorities work the scene of an accident involving two Knox County school buses in Knoxville Dec. 2, 2014. Two children and a teacher's aide were killed, 27 others injured. Photo by Michael Patrick/News Sentinel Authorities work the scene of an accident involving two Knox County school buses in Knoxville Dec. 2, 2014. Two children and a teacher's aide were killed, 27 others injured. Photo by Michael Patrick/News Sentinel
KNOXVILLE (News Sentinel) -

The driver of a bus involved in a fatal crash was not licensed to operate a school bus by himself, according to the Tennessee Department of Safety.

Joe Gallman, 67, of Knoxville, who was driving a bus carrying Sunnyview Primary School students, has a learner's permit to operate a school bus, according to Dalya Qualls, spokeswoman for the Department of Safety.

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"The permit allowed him to drive a school bus with another licensed school bus endorsement holder on the bus," Qualls said. "Mr. Gallman does not have the school bus endorsement on his CDL (Commercial Driver's License) license."

Gallman on Monday disputed that information.

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