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Seven-year-old Student Killed after Pickup Truck Crashes into School Van

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According to KVUE, a seven-year-old girl was killed in a crash after the school van she was riding in was struck from behind by a pickup truck in Trinity, Texas, on Thursday morning.

Details of Fatal Crash

A Trinity ISD van was in the process of picking up children for school on Farm-to-Market Road 1893 in Trinity County when the collision occurred. A pickup truck driven by 17-year-old Michah Brock slammed into the van as it drove over a hill.

KVUE reports that a seven-year-old girl in the van was taken to East Texas Medical Center in Trinity with major injuries but would later die from her injuries. Five other children in the van and the van’s driver were transported to ETMC and treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Officials say all the children on board at the time of the crash were properly restrained, reports KVUE. The pickup truck carried a total of three students, who also received injuries in the collision. The Trinity County Sherriff says Brock may have been blinded by the sun as he drove over the hill.

Trinity is located 75 miles north of Houston. The investigation is ongoing and the roadway is closed as officials process the scene. According to KVUE, the students on the van ranged in age from 5 to 15 years old.

School-transportation-related Crash Statistics

The following information regarding school-transportation-related crashes is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Over a ten-year period between 2005 and 2014,

  • 1,191 fatal motor vehicle traffic crashes were classified as school-transportation-related.
    • This accounted for 0.4 percent of all fatal motor vehicle traffic crashes between 2005 and 2014.
  • Of the 1,332 people killed in school-transportation-related wrecks, 71 percent were occupants of other vehicles.
  • More school-age pedestrian were killed from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. and from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. than any other hours of the day.
  • 304 school-age children died in school-transportation-related crashes over this time period.
    • 53 of these fatalities were occupants of the school transportation vehicle.

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