Car-school bus accident leaves 1 dead, 3 students injured
For as many students as there are in Texas schools, it is a minor miracle that there aren't more accidents involving school buses. Thousands of miles every day are logged by the familiar big yellow-orange buses, and with rare exceptions, students make it to their destinations safe and sound.
Unfortunately, however, accidents do occur from time to time. A recent car accident in Van Zandt County serves as a reminder of how lucky we are that more crashes involving buses and other vehicles don't take place on our roads.
The bus was on its way to school in Wills Point with several students on board. The bus and a sedan were traveling in opposite directions when, for reasons that have yet to be explained, the sedan crossed over the center line into opposing traffic, colliding with the bus. A third vehicle could not avoid the accident and was also damaged.
When all was said and done, the bus ended up on top of part of the wreckage of the sedan. The driver of the car died in the wreck; the school bus driver was taken to the hospital, as were three students on board the bus. It appeared that their injuries were not life-threatening ones.
Because the driver of the sedan died at the scene, it is not possible to interview him to determine what caused him to drive his vehicle into oncoming traffic. It may be that toxicology reports reveal if the man had any alcohol or illegal drugs in his system at the time of the crash.
Source: Associated Press, "1 killed, 3 students hurt in school bus accident," May 22, 2013