Burnet CISD school bus overturns after vehicle rear-ends it

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BURNET COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — A school bus rolled onto its side after being hit from behind on State Highway 29 Monday morning.

Burnet Police Chief Paul Nelson said three students and a bus monitor went to the hospital with minor injuries. The bus monitor had a hurt shoulder, and the students were taken to get checked out of an abundance of caution, Burnet County Independent School District said. Parents have all been contacted, as well. The bus driver and other driver weren’t hurt, police say.

“It was the man upstairs that reached down and protected these kids and everybody involved,” Chief Nelson said. 

The bus was stopped in the westbound lane near Burnet Hills Drive to make a left turn when a Ford F-250 truck hit it around 7 a.m. The truck driver stayed at the scene. It’s not clear if charges will be filed.

Chief Nelson said an off-duty officer witnessed the crash. He and a state trooper that also happened to be nearby helped get the students and the adults out of the damaged bus. 

“They really did a great job getting the kids the proper treatment they needed until EMS got there,” he said. 

Last year, a man died after he rear-ended a Burnet CISD bus on SH 29 near County Road 264. That bus was also slowing to turn when it was hit.

Cecilia O’Banan, who knows the family whose children were on the bus hit Monday morning, said these wrecks show there needs to be a designated turning lane added to SH 29 in this area. 

“Where you turn into these roads over here, it’s bad,” O’Banan said. “I don’t know how many times I’ve been almost rear-ended doing it.”

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