2 Killed in Texas Charter Bus Crash Involving Texas School Athletes
Details of the Texas Charter Bus Crash
The charter bus was carrying 34 student athletes and coaches from seven El Paso high schools back from a track meet in Lubbock when it collided with a pickup truck on U.S. Highway 62/180 about 90 miles east of El Paso.
Officials have identified one of the deceased as 48-year-old Arcadio Duran, Jr., a coach from Irvin High School. The second fatality was the driver of the pickup, identified as 51-year-old Gary Lawson, of Hobbs, New Mexico.
Bleacher Report indicates as many as 17 people were hospitalized following the crash; fortunately, none of the injuries were considered life-threatening.
National Bus Accident Statistics
The following information is provided by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA):
- 3,978 large trucks and buses were involved in fatal accidents in 2014.
- Transit buses accounted for 33 percent of all bus accident recorded between 2004 and 2014. Inner city buses account for 13 percent of bus accidents.
- From 2009 to 2014, the number of injury related crashes involving buses and large trucks increased by 55 percent.