Concrete Truck Slams Into Bus Full of Pre-K Students

Boy on bus, man in another vehicle killed in Bastrop, Texas
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 23, 2024 8:00 AM CDT
2 Dead After Cement Truck Slams Into School Bus
A child is transported from a fatal school bus crash on Texas State Highway 21 on Friday in Bastrop, Texas.   (Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

A cement truck veered into a school bus carrying more than 40 pre-K students returning from a field trip to a Texas zoo Friday, killing a boy on the bus and a man in another vehicle, authorities said. Officials said the bus rolled over on the highway in Bastrop, in the rural outskirts of Austin, where a heavy presence of emergency vehicles shut down traffic for hours, per the AP. The roof of the bus was crumpled, and much of another vehicle nearby was pulverized. Personal items were strewn across the road. Four people in critical condition were airlifted from the crash site, while six others with potentially serious injuries were transported by ambulance, said Kevin Parker of the Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services.

An ambulance bus transported about 10 other patients to a children's hospital with minor injuries, Parker said. Passengers on the bus included 44 students and 11 adults, according to the Hays Consolidated Independent School District. The child who died "was a precious young boy" who was a pre-K student at Tom Green Elementary School in Buda, per Eric Wright, school district superintendent. The child's name wasn't released. Wright noted in addition to the two people who died, 51 others were injured, including the bus driver. "This is a horrible and tragic day for our school district," Wright said.

The bus was struck at about 2pm local time, when the concrete truck, which was traveling in the opposite direction, veered into the bus's lane, per Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Deon Cockrell. He added that authorities told him initial information indicated the truck hit the bus head-on, causing it to roll over. The man who was killed was in a vehicle that either ran into the back of the bus or was maybe part of the concrete truck, Cockrell said. There was one person in the truck and one man in the other vehicle. Cockrell didn't know how fast the vehicles were going and said the truck driver was cooperating with authorities. More here.

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