Semi-Truck Crashes into Muleshoe ISD School Bus, 10 Children Hurt
A school bus crash north of Muleshoe on Tuesday sent multiple children to the hospital, officials said.
The extent of the injuries were not immediately released.
Texas Department of Public Safety officials initially said two children were taken to the hospital with unknown injuries. A news release later in the day reported approximately 10 children and two vehicle drivers were taken to a Muleshoe hospital.
Muleshoe school Superintendent R.L. Richards said he did not know how many were injured, but that seven children were returned to the school without injuries following the accident.
The accident happened about 2:20 p.m. CDT about five miles north of Muleshoe on Texas 214. The children were on their way home from summer school classes, Richards said.
The crash occurred at the intersection of 214 and Bailey County Road 1028, according to Lt. Bryan Witt with Texas Department of Public Safety. A news release from Witt said, “approximately ten elementary school students were on the bus at the time of the crash,” and all were taken to the hospital; the school bus driver and driver of the truck were also transported to the Muleshoe Area Medical Center with unknown injuries.
Witt said it was “typical” for all those involved in a school bus wreck to be transported to the hospital for evaluation.
A preliminary investigation showed the bus was traveling north on Texas-214 and preparing to turn west onto CR-1028, according to DPS. The truck driver was behind the bus on 214 and “attempted to pass the bus as the driver of the bus was turning west onto CR-1028,” DPS reported.
Witt said the incident is still under investigation and that there were no charges filed as of Tuesday afternoon. He declined to identify either of the vehicle drivers but said that information was forthcoming, along with the extent of injuries.
Witt said there was damage to the front left panel of the bus and to the front of the truck.
Richards, who was on the scene soon after the accident, said all the parents whose children were involved had been notified Tuesday afternoon.
Officials said the truck involved was carrying cattle. Richards said both vehicles remained upright after the wreck and that it appeared no cattle were ejected.
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