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Seven Hospitalized in Crash Involving an 18-Wheeler and Bus

passenger bus speeding down highway

According to KPRC2, a passenger bus heading to Mexico from Houston crashed into an 18-wheeler truck on Highway 59 near FM 360 on Tuesday, causing several injuries.

Citations Could be Possibility, says State Trooper

Passengers say the wreck occurred when the bus tried to pass the 18-wheeler. Police say the bus driver noticed something strange with the bus and lost control, slamming into the rear of the semi.

KPRC2 reports that seven people were hospitalized following the crash, but the worst of the injuries were broken bones. The force of the crash mangled the passenger bus, smashing the front end and forcing passengers to evacuate out emergency windows.

The Houston-based bus was on a 750-mile trip to San Luis Potosi, Mexico, before the accident occurred.

Trucking Accident Statistics

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 3,903 people were killed in crashes involving large trucks in 2014. Here is some additional information on 18-wheeler accidents:

  • An estimated 111,000 people were injured in crashes involving large trucks in 2014.
    • 74 percent of those injured were occupants of other vehicles.
    • From 2013 to 2014, there was a 19-percent increase in the number of injured occupants of other vehicles involved in crashes with large trucks.
  • Seventy-nine percent of fatal crashes involving large trucks occurred on weekdays.
  • Trucks were struck in the rear in twenty-one percent of fatal two-vehicle crashes in 2014.
  • Sixty-one percent of the fatal crashes involving large trucks occurred in rural areas.

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