On Tuesday morning, September 2, 2014, twelve children were transported to local hospitals after a crash involving a school bus near Waxahachie, Texas, a small town south of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metrolplex. The Waxahachie Independent School District said that 20 children were on the bus when it crashed this morning shortly before 7:00 am on FM 879 in Ellis County.
The Texas Department of Public Safety and the Ellis County Sherriff’s Department confirmed that the bus driver veered towards the median and then overcorrected causing the bus to flip on to its side and land off the road. The unidentified bus driver was believed to have been distracted by something in the back of the bus before the wreck. Sr. Trooper James Colunga with the Texas DPS stated that “the driver was apparently monitoring some of the children in the bus when he apparently went off the wrong side of the road…He went off into oncoming lanes. He overcorrected and went into the ditch, which caused the vehicle to roll.” Like many school buses, there were no seat belts on board to secure and protect the children.
None of the injuries are reported to be life threatening. The most serious injury conveyed at this time is a 7-year-old child with a broken arm.