Police and authorities in Beaumont, Texas say that a Beaumont ISD bus driver may be at fault for a crash that sent 25 individuals to the hospital, including 23 students from Charlton-Pollard Elementary School. The accident occurred when the bus crossed into oncoming traffic, causing injuries to those aboard. The bus was carrying elementary school students from a field trip to the Big Thicket when the collision occurred. The exact cause of the accident is still under investigation, but you can read more here. Our thoughts are with the children and their families, and we wish everyone involved a complete and speedy recovery.
Authorities are releasing more details about a head-on collision crash that killed at least 12 individuals and injured three more. The collision happened on U.S. 83 outside of Garner State Park, which is about 70 miles west of San Antonio. The bus collided with a pickup truck but the exact cause of the crash is still unknown.
The church bus, carrying elderly members of the First Baptist New Braunfels Church in New Braunfels was returning from a 3-day retreat at the Alto Frio Baptist Encampment when the accident occurred.
To learn more about this developing story, read the news accounts here. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims.
Authorities in Biloxi, Mississippi have confirmed at least three fatalities and numerous individuals were injured when a 50-person bus was struck by a train at 2:12 p.m. today. The accident happened at the Main Street railroad crossing in Biloxi, when the eastbound train collided with a northbound charter bus, according to the Biloxi Sun Herald. Authorities are still investigating the crash, so full details are not available at this time. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the victims. Read the Sun Herald story here for more details.
Officials have reported that a total of 8 individuals were killed and 44 others injured in Saturday’s OGA Charters rollover bus accident that occurred near Laredo, Texas. Additionally, records provided by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration have revealed that OGA Charters has twice been ordered by regulators to address safety concerns with one of their buses.
In May of 2015, Louisiana state inspectors ordered OGA Charters to take one of its buses out of rotation so that they could address concerns with the vehicle’s brakes and emergency exit. The company was again ordered to remove this bus from the road in August of 2015 when the problems worsened.
It is unclear if the bus involved in Saturday’s accident is the same bus at the center of these 2015 safety concerns.
The highway at the scene of the one-vehicle rollover accident remained closed this afternoon as emergency crews and investigators continued their work at the site.
It is always tragic to hear about accidents on Texas highways, especially those involving high-volume passenger vehicles, like buses. Our thoughts and condolences go out to the families of those involved.