Officials are reporting multiple deaths following a head-on collision between a church bus and a pickup truck in Concan, Texas.
Details of the Concan Bus Accident
According to FOX News, the crash occurred on Highway 83 near Garner State Park, about 80 miles west of San Antonio. First responders arrived at the scene around 2 pm.
Witnesses reported a “gruesome scene” and stated the church bus was carrying “older passengers.” One witness, Rick Ballesteros, stated there were possibly seven fatalities in the crash.
In a statement released through social media, the First Baptist New Braunfels church said the bus was carrying several of their senior members back from a retreat.
Northbound lanes of Highway 83 are closed south of Garner State Park as authorities investigate and clear the scene. The Uvalde County Sheriff’s Office said the lanes will be closed for several hours.
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.