DRIPPING SPRINGS, Texas (KXAN) - School leaders in Dripping Springs say their buses are at risk while stopping on U.S. Highway 290.
On Wednesday, a trailer going east on the highway clipped a bus dropping of students near Frog Pond, just east of town. Luckily no none was hurt, but many worry a future accident could be much worse.
"It was pretty scary," Pam Swanks, director of transportation with Dripping Springs ISD, said of Wednesday's crash. "But...immediately we knew that everybody was fine."
Dripping Springs ISD said the crash was the only the second during a bus stop in more than two and a half years. They say it's good news, considering buses in the district cover 3,800 miles every day.
Still, growth in Dripping Springs means more traffic on the roadway and an increasing challenge.
"We see violations several times a week," Swanks said. "In various locations we'll call law enforcement; they'll help us in the area if we're having difficulties."
Swanks said too many drivers ignore red blinking lights on the buses or are not paying attention on the busy roadway.
"One thing about 290 that causes confusion is when people are coming in the opposite direction they may be unsure whether they're required to stop when it has its light flashing," said Dale Whitaker with DISD. "It is true they must stop in both directions."
Texas law requires school districts to report bus accidents. The latest data available from the 2011-12 school year showed nearly 2,200 school buses across the state crashed and 775 students and 45 adults were hurt in those crashes.
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