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Investigations Continue into Last Week’s School Bus Crash

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Mary Wolff3 years ago

According to reports from NBCDFW, the children injured during a bus crash on Tuesday are showing improvements. However, one child remained hospitalized last week.

Most Injured Children Released from Hospital

Last Tuesday, a school bus operating in the Waxahachie Independent School District was carrying 20 children when it crashed around 6:50 a.m. near Farm-to-Market Road 879 and Ike Road.

Officials claim a possibly distracted bus driver may be at fault for the accident. The bus driver swerved after the bus went into the opposite lane – the motion caused the bus to tip over and land in a ditch.

The school bus was not equipped with seat belts, and many children were raised out of their seats. There were also issues with the emergency door, and a student had to forcibly push it open.

Emergency crews responded quickly and transported 12 children to a nearby hospital. Only one child still remains in the hospital. Fernando Rocha, 10, suffered two broken ribs and will spend the night at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas.  Doctors are also concerned that he may have bruising on his liver and one of his kidneys.

Police report that the bus was the only vehicle involved. The bus driver was transported to the hospital and released.  

Texas Auto Accident Statistics

The following information was provided by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT):

  • 3,377 people were killed in traffic collisions along Texas roadways in 2013 – down 2.78 percent from 2012.
  • Another 232,041 people were injured in traffic accidents with 89,270 people suffering serious injury.
  • Based on available crash data, TxDOT estimates:
    • One person was killed in every 2 hours and 36 seconds
    • One person was injured every 2 minutes and 16 seconds
    • A reportable crash occurred every 71 seconds.


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