Report: Car Driver in Deadly West Texas Bus Crash was Intoxicated

An investigation has revealed that a driver responsible for a December bus crash was intoxicated at the time of the accident. The West Texas crash resulted in the death of one of the bus’ passengers.

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.

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