VIDEO: 18-wheeler crashes into Bastrop school bus; 9 students hurt

Bastrop County

BASTROP, Texas (KXAN) — A Bastrop ISD school bus was involved in a crash on State Highway 71 Wednesday morning, injuring nine students on board.

Twenty students — 10 from Cedar Creek High School, five from Cedar Creek Middle School, four from Cedar Creek Intermediate School and one from Colorado River Collegiate Academy — were on board.

Bastrop ISD says eight were taken to the hospital by ambulance, including the bus driver, and two students were taken there by their parents. They are expected to be OK and all are expected to be released. The bus driver was also released.

The collision happened on westbound SH 71 at Tucker Hill Lane before 8 a.m. The bus driver had a green light and was trying to turn right onto the highway, when the 18-wheeler hit its left side.

Surveillance video appears to show the 18-wheeler had a red light when it crashed into the bus.

The Texas Department of Public Safety is investigating.

“The driver advised that he had a yellow light, he attempted to stop and his 18-wheeler would not stop. He took evasive action, hit the shoulder and could not stop, colliding with the school bus,” said DPS spokesperson Robbie Barrera.

“District staff were on hand at the scene and at the hospital to support students and their families, and we will continue to provide counseling and support upon students’ return to school,” Bastrop ISD said in a statement.

The Texas Education Agency gathers information about bus crashes for each district throughout the state. The latest school year where data is available shows Bastrop ISD reported no crashes in 2016-2017. In the past three available school years, there were six school bus crashes and 10 students were hurt.

What we know about the 18-wheeler

Full video of the incident

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