Pickup Crossed Center Line Before Colliding Head-On with Church Bus
According to ABC 7, witness Jody Kuchler told the Associated Press that he was driving behind the truck leading up to the collision. Kuchler claims that the truck was moving erratically and that the truck had crossed the center line several times before crashing into the church bus.
Kuchler said that he contacted the sheriff’s offices for both Uvalde and Real counties, requesting that someone get the driver of the road.
Further, Kuchler stated that he was still behind the truck when the fatal head-on crash occurred and that he checked both the bus and the truck after the collision. During his interaction with the driver of the pickup, the driver, identified as 20-year-old Jack Dillon Young, told Kuchler “I’m Sorry, I’m Sorry. I was texting.”
Officials would not confirm if driver distraction was a factor in the collision, but they did say the truck driver appeared to have crossed the center line.
Texas Traffic Accident Statistics
The following information was provided by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT):
- 3,531 people were killed in traffic accidents in Texas in 2015. This averages to about one death every 2 hours and 29 minutes.
- 1,925 of those deaths occurred in rural areas of the state and 581 were attributed to head-on collisions.
- Only four crashes resulted in six or more deaths in 2015.
- Driver distraction is believed to have been a factor in at least 476 Texas traffic fatalities in 2015.