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One Dead, Seven Injured after Tractor-trailer Collides with School Bus


semi-truck speeding down highway

According to The Dallas Morning News, a semi-truck collides with a bus full of cheerleaders, resulting in the death of an adult sponsor in Big Spring, Texas, on Friday night.

Details of Fatal Collision

The accident occurred on Interstate 20 as the Iraan High School cheerleading team drove back to Iraan following their game in Colorado City. The bus was about 120 miles from Iraan when the bus collided with a tractor-trailer between mile marker 174 and 176.

According to CBS 7, the semi crossed into oncoming traffic while attempting to avoid another wreck when it slammed into the school bus.

The Dallas Morning News reports that the adult sponsor, Liz Pope, 52, died from injuries sustained in the wreck. Seven others were transported to Scenic Mountain Medical Center for treatment. The conditions of the patients ranged from critical to serious condition, and four of the victims were being taken to a different hospital for treatment.

According to CBS 7, one of the injured is the bus driver, Christina Garlock, who is listed in serious but stable condition at University Medical Center in Lubbock. Officials say the roads were wet and the visibility in the area was poor at the time of the crash.

Trucking Accident Statistics

The following information is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

  • 3,903 people died in crashes involving large trucks in 2014.
  • An estimated 111,000 people suffered injuries in crashes involving large trucks in 2014.
    • 74 percent of the people injured in these accidents were occupants of other vehicles.
  • An estimated 438,000 large trucks were involved in police-reported traffic crashes during 2014.
  • In 2014, large trucks accounted for 8 percent of all vehicles involved in fatal crashes.

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