Campus buses halted as driver hospitalized
Updated at 12:54 p.m.
An email sent by university President Sidney McPhee explained the Raider Xpress was halted from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. for meningitis screenings as a result of the recent death of student Jacob Nunley.
The university health center said no drivers exhibited symptoms of meningitis and no issued emerged from today’s screenings.
An off-duty driver was hospitalized due to respiratory symptoms, but regional health officials said there was nothing to suggest a public health hazard or a connection to Monday’s suspected meningitis, according to McPhee.
- Richel Albright
MTSU campus buses were halted briefly Wednesday morning after officials received word that an off-duty driver was hospitalized with meningitis symptoms.
The driver was not identified but is hospitalized, said Ron Malone, director of parking services.
The buses were halted for about an hour in order to allow on-duty drivers to receive consultations at the university’s health center as a precaution, Malone said.
“We were really pushing it to get all the drivers off their buses, get them screened and back on their buses,” Malone said, adding that none of the on-duty drivers tested for symptoms of meningitis.
The incident comes two days after Jacob Nunley, an 18-year-old freshman, died at Vanderbilt Medical Center of what doctors believe to be meningitis.
An email was sent out notifying the campus that buses would resume service, but the need for quick action prevented a prior notification, Malone said.