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Man arrested for DUI while operating Madison Co. school bus named in civil suit regarding separate bus wreck

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James Watwood (Photo: Madison County Jail)

MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – A Madison County school bus driver arrested and charged with with driving a school bus while under the influence has now been named in a civil suit regarding an earlier school bus wreck.

James Watwood, 40, of Brownsboro is charged with DUI.  Alabama State Trooper Curtis Summerville said on May 16 Watwood was driving a Madison County school bus when he left the roadway and struck a mailbox on Dug Hill Road, three miles east of Huntsville.

Summerville said Watwood was not injured in the crash and there was no one else on the bus.

Monday, a civil suit filed in Madison County says while driving a school bus, Watwood was involved in another crash at a earlier date that left a man injured.

John Southerland, Director of Development and Communications for Madison County Schools, issued this statement shortly after Watwood’s arrest:

“Our students’ safety is our number one priority. This employee has submitted his resignation today and will no longer be a bus driver for the system. This type of behavior is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.”

“All prospective employees are subject to the background search as specified by the Alabama State Department of Education. All employees who hold a CDL are subject to random drug and alcohol testing,” Southerland added.

Watwood is no longer employed with the Madison County School system.

The details about this earlier wreck weren’t immediately available. WHNT News 19 is working to dig up more information on this accident.