32 Injured In Bus-Truck Crash; Two Victims Are In Critical Condition

By: KWTX
By: KWTX

LITTLE RIVER (January 17, 2012)—A collision early Tuesday morning between a school bus and a Lowe’s delivery truck near Little River sent 29 children and three adults to Scott & White Hospital and Scott & White Children’s Hospital.

One child and one adult are in critical condition, the hospital said during a late-morning news conference.

Four children were admitted, but the rest suffered what were apparently minor injuries.

None had been released late Tuesday morning, the hospital said.

A state trooper said the driver of the school bus was critically hurt.

The driver of the Lowe’s delivery truck was also injured and was taken to the hospital.

His injuries were minor, a state trooper said.

Families should either call 254-724-0016 for information or go to sw.org for updates, Scott & White said.

The accident happened at around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday at the intersection of FM 93 and Old Highway 95.

Thomas Pechal, of Temple Fire & Rescue, said the Little River-Academy school bus came to rest on its side.

The bus was carrying elementary and middle school children.

Pechal said all of the passengers on the bus were taken to area hospitals for treatment and evaluation.

A state trooper said the students’ injuries were minor, but said the bus driver was in critical condition.

A spokeswoman from the Little River-Academy ISD said the bus involved in the accident was bus Number 7.

She could not say how seriously injured the students were, but the bus driver most the most seriously hurt.

A Department of Public Safety dispatcher said both roadways were blocked.

A state trooper said the bus was westbound on FM 93 and the truck was southbound on Old Highway 95 when the driver of the truck ran a stop sign.

There was fog in the area early Tuesday, but it’s not clear whether that might have been a factor, the trooper said.

Fire units from Little River, Temple and Belton were at the scene along with a large number of ambulances.


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