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Man Charged in Kirbyville School Bus Crash

A truck driver is facing felony charges after crashing his 18-wheeler into a Kirbyville Consolidated ISD school bus, leaving six children injured.

About the Kirbyville School Bus Accident

KSAT reports Robert Watson, 72, has been charged with felony injury to a child in connection with a school bus accident that left six children injured.

According to investigators, the school bus had stopped on Highway 96 to complete its last pick-up Wednesday morning when it was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer being driven by Watson. Reports state the bus had its emergency lights on when the accident occurred.

Six of the 52 students aboard the bus were transported to area hospitals following the collision. Fortunately, none of the children sustained life-threatening injuries.

Watson turned himself in to the Texas Department of Public Safety on Saturday. Watson faces up to two years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000 if convicted.

Texas Auto Accident Statistics

The following information was provided by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT):

  • 3,413 people were killed in auto accidents in Texas in 2013. This marked a 1.05 percent decline from the 3,377 deaths recorded in 2012.
  • Another 232,041 people were injured in Texas trucking accidents with 89,270 people sustaining serious injury.
  • Based on available traffic data, TxDOT estimates;
    • One person was killed in an auto accident in Texas every 2 hours and 36 minutes.
    • One person was injured every 2 minutes and 16 seconds.
    • A reportable crash occurred every 71 seconds.

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