School bus hit by debris, not a thrown rock in Round Rock


ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) — The damage done to a Belton elementary school bus after a large object hit it Tuesday, appears to be accidental.

In a letter home to parents, Sparta Elementary Principal Julee Manley said the second grade students were on their way to the Thinkery museum in Austin for a field trip when a rock was thrown from an overpass near the exit for RM 620 in Round Rock.

Round Rock police were notified and the teachers on the bus gave a report to officers. No one was injured in the incident. School district officials say 60-65 students were on the bus.

On Wednesday, after reviewing the surveillance footage from inside the bus, police believe the damage was done by flying debris and that a rock was not intentionally thrown.

Earlier Tuesday, Austin police said they have had 54 rock throwing incidents reported to them as of Feb. 9. The rock throwing incidents have primarily been on I-35 in central Austin.

Belton ISD school bus video will be reviewed to determine which direction the rock was thrown from.

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