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Bus Driver Indicted in Crash with Train

Ashley Peterson12 months ago

A Texas school bus driver has been indicted for criminally negligent homicide following a collision with a train.

About the Fatal Texas School Bus Accident

According to CBS-DFW, the driver, John Stevens, was indicted after crashing the Athens ISD school bus into a train Friday, January 25.

After stopping at the tracks at Cream Level Road, Stevens decided to move forward causing the train to hit the bus and push it down the track before finally stopping. There were two children on the bus with him when it crashed.

One of the students, Christopher Bonilla, was thrown from the bus and was pronounced dead at the scene. Stevens was treated for minor injuries.

Train Crash Statistics

A person driving a vehicle is 20 times more likely to die in a crash with a train than with another vehicle. In 2018, there have been 2,214 crashes with 270 deaths and 819 injuries.

School Bus Accident Statistics

  •  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 1,344 people killed in school-transportation-related crashes recorded between 2004 and 2013. This averages to 134 fatalities per year.
  • Of the 1,344 fatalities, only 8 percent were occupants of school transportation vehicles.
  • Most (71%) of the people who lost their lives in these crashes were occupants of other vehicles involved in the crashes.
  • Nonoccupants, including pedestrians, bicyclists, etc., accounted for 21 percent of the fatalities.
  • Among the 106 occupants killed in school transportation vehicles between 2004 and 2013, 45 were drivers and 61 were passengers.

Contact an Experienced School Bus Accident Attorney

At Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys, we have the experience and resources to handle your child’s case. If your child has been injured in a school bus accident, contact our offices. Our experienced bus accident lawyers are available 24/7, nights and weekends, and can provide you with a free case review.


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