Mt. Pleasant ISD school bus crash kills 2, injures 18 students
Two people were killed and 18 students transported to a hospital after a three-vehicle crash involving a Mt. Pleasant Independent School District bus carrying a boys track team late Thursday night.
The bus was traveling southbound along Highway 271, about 10 miles north of Mt. Pleasant and one mile south of Talco, when an 18-wheeler traveling northbound swerved across the highway and hit the bus at about 10:45 p.m., said Judd Marshall, superintendent with the Mt. Pleasant Independent School District.
An assistant coach for a girls track team in Mt. Pleasant ISD was driving a car behind the bus that was also struck during the collision. Authorities say she was one of the two killed in the crash. The driver of the 18-wheeler was also killed.
According to Marshall, the driver of the bus, track coach Van Bowen, was able to swerve and avoid a full head-on collision with the 18-wheeler. Bowen was transported to the hospital in critical condition.
Bus Accident Statistics
The kind of vehicle involved in a bus-related accident can be a major factor in the types of injuries sustained and whether or not fatalities occur. Large trucks, such as 18-wheelers, are the most common type of vehicle involved in serious bus accidents. In fact, according to a report to Congress, School Bus Safety: Crashworthiness Research, 70 percent of vehicles involved in bus accidents are of similar size as a school bus or larger, highlighting the serious impact and damage that results when such large vehicles are engrossed.
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- Written by Jill Fowler