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A Leander Independent School District bus driver ignored a barricade and drove into a flooded road. Emergency personnel had to rescue both the driver and a middle school student on the morning of Oct. 17.
The bus was traveling east from Ronald Reagan Boulevard toward County Road 175. The driver, identified by authorities as 57-year-old Nathan Deyoung, attempted to cross Brushy Creek on County Road 177. As a result of Deyoung’s negligence, water swept the bus away at 8:28 a.m. with one student on the bus.
Williamson County EMS treated the student and released him to his family.
Leander police arrested Deyoung shortly after his rescue. Additionally, the district stated what he is no longer an employee.
Deyoung has worked for Leander ISD since August of this year. The bus driver was in direct violation of Transportation Department protocols.
“The Transportation Department regularly review protocols for driving safely on roadways and instructs bus drivers to never drive through water of the roadway,” Leander ISD said in a statement. “Transportation dispatch reminded drivers this morning to be cautious and call for assistance if encountering water over the roadway.”
The crash comes on the heels of two Killeen Independent School District bus crashes. One of which occurred on Oct. 5. A KISD school bus was involved in a crash. Medical personnel evaluated three individuals, including two students, were at the scene.
In addition, another KISD bus crash occurred on Oct. 4 at 8:13 a.m. on an Interstate 14 service road near the Central Texas College campus. A Kia sedan struck the vehicle from behind. No injuries were reported.
Just days before, on Oct. 1, a bus carrying 27 students from Oklahoma to San Antonio rolled over along U.S. Highway 281 north of Lampasas. A reported 18 injured patients on the bus who were sent to two local hospitals for treatment for their injuries.
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