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Temple School Bus Accident Sends 29 Children to the Hospital

Posted on Feb 17, 2012
Thirty-two people, 29 of them children, were sent to the hospital on January 17, 2012 after they were involved in a school bus accident in Temple, Texas. A tractor-trailer clipped the school bus on its way to drop students off at the first of three school locations. This caused the bus to flip onto its side, ejecting a 9-year-old boy through the escape hatch on the roof. The bus driver was knocked unconscious.

The scene of the accident was on Farm-to-Market Road 93, about 60 miles northeast of Austin. Conditions were foggy, but it was unclear if weather was a factor in the accident. The tractor-trailer reportedly ran a stop sign.

Three out of the 26 children were admitted to the Scott & White Memorial Hospital in central Texas; one student was in critical condition. The bus driver was also listed in critical condition. The other children were discharged, as well as two adults involved in the accident. The school’s superintendent, Kevin Sprinkles, stated that the three children who were admitted to the hospital were expected to make a full recovery, but would face a long road ahead. 

Witness Christina Mendoza was en route to work when she came upon the accident. She saw children gathered together and alone, so Mendoza stopped to help. Mendoza’s teenage children usually ride the bus to school, but did not take it the morning of the accident.

The Bedford personal injury attorneys extend their condolences to the families of the children and adults involved in the accident. We hope the critically-injured child and the bus driver make a complete recovery.

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