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Authorities reported a collision between an East Texas school bus and a train Friday around 4 pm Friday. According to KOLO-TV, The bus was at a train crossing in Athens, when a train collided with it.
In a news conference, the Athens chief of police reported that a 13-year-old male middle school student was killed. Another child, a 9-year-old girl, was flown in to the hospital in critical but stable condition.
No other students were in the vehicle, but the driver of the bus was injured as well.
Authorities are still determining the cause of the crash, but report there were no safety precautions in place around the train crossing.
Texas Crash Statistics
449 people were killed in crashes involving distracted driving in 2017, a 2% decrease from the previous year.
There were 14,299 crashes in Texas in 2017 which resulted in serious injury. 17,546 people sustained a serious injury.
In 2017, pedestrian fatalities totaled 614, a 9.7% decrease from the previous year.
Of the people killed in vehicles where restraint was applicable and was known in 2017, 40.1% were reported to be without restraint at the site of the fatal crash
In 2017, more DUI crashes were reported between 2:00 am and 2:59 am than any other hour of the day.
In 2017, more crashes occurred on Sunday than any other day
Contact An Experienced Train Accident Attorney
Injuries caused by railroad and train accidents are oftentimes severe and in some cases deadly. Medical bills, lost wages, and other damages can be obtained by suing the negligent parties involved, which may include the train or railroad company. You deserve to be compensated for your injuries. If you or a loved one were injured while riding on a train or while outside of a train, contact Thomas J. Henry.
Experienced train accident attorneys are available to take your call and evaluate your claim 24/7, nights and weekends. Our firm has offices in Corpus Christi, San Antonio, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide.