Report: Car Driver in Deadly West Texas Bus Crash was Intoxicated
Bus Was Carrying West Texas High School Cheerleaders
According to NBC-DFW, 59-year-old Sandra Dunson was under the influence of drugs and alcohol when she made an unsafe lane change in front of a semitrailer that then crossed the center line and struck a small bus carrying high school cheerleaders. The collision resulted in the death of cheer sponsor Elizabeth Pope.
A DPS spokesperson also revealed that Dunson died last month while the crash was still under investigation.
In addition to Dunson, authorities cite the semitrailer’s failure to control speed as a contributing factor in the crash.
Texas Traffic Accident Statistics
The following information was provided by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT):
- 3,531 traffic-related deaths were recorded in Texas in 2015. This marked little change form the 3,536 traffic fatalities reported in 2014.
- 807 of the fatalities recorded in 2015 were associated with accidents that occurred at or in relation to an intersection.
- Alcohol was considered a factor in 960 traffic deaths in 2015. This is 27% of the total number of people killed in traffic crashes in 2015.
- Based on reportable crash data for 2015, TxDOT estimates:
- One person was killed in a crash in Texas every 2 hours and 29 minutes.
- One person was injured every 2 minutes and 8 seconds.
- A reportable crash occurred every 61 seconds.