DPS trooper crashes with school bus, SUV in east Austin


AUSTIN (KXAN) — A Texas Department of Public Safety trooper in a highway patrol car crashed with a school bus carrying 38 KIPP Austin Public Schools students and an SUV near the intersection of East Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Springdale Road.

Officers were called to the crash at 4:43 p.m. Monday. Video sent to KXAN showed an Apple Bus Company school bus in the right lane of eastbound MLK in a head-on collision with the trooper.

DPS said their trooper was turning left from MLK onto Springdale when he hit the SUV and then the bus.

Austin-Travis County EMS said six children were evaluated on-scene. According to KIPP Austin Public Schools, one child was taken to the hospital and another was taken to an urgent care clinic.

“We would like to extend our prayers and thoughts to the children that were involved,” said Sgt. Victor Taylor, spokesman for DPS.

The trooper in his 40s was taken to Dell Seton Medical Center with serious injuries that are not expected to be life-threatening, ATCEMS said. Sgt. Taylor also said the driver of the SUV had to be treated for minor injuries, but was not transported.

KIPP Austin Public Schools said in a statement the bus was dropping off students from KIPP Austin Leadership Elementary and KIPP Austin Vista.

Forty-two people in total were involved in the crash. DPS troopers are at the scene reconstructing the crash and will issue a final report in the coming days. The department says no one has been cited in the crash. It’s expected to be several days before the trooper can return to work.

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