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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