Two school buses involved in southeast Austin collision


AUSTIN (KXAN) — Two school buses and a Jeep were involved in a collision in southeast Austin Wednesday morning.

It happened around 7:17 a.m. near the intersection of E. William Cannon Dr. and Stonleigh Place.

ATC EMS says two people were evaluated for injuries, but it is not known which vehicles those people were in at the time of the collision.

One bus was headed to Fulmore Middle School and had about 13 students on board. The other was headed to Pleasant Hill Elementary School and had three students on board. Parents picked up two Fulmore students and all others continued to the schools by bus.

AISD says a car hit one of the buses, then bounced off and hit the second bus.

According to AISD, school bus crashes are slightly up compared to this time last year. There have been 39 incidents, compared to 33 in 2016.

As of Sept. 1, a new law is in effect requiring seatbelts for all new school buses of model 2018 or later. A KXAN investigation two years ago found the states 2007 School Bus Seat Belt program did not do much to add seat belts to buses across the state. Texas set aside $10 million in funding at the time, but not many school districts applied for it.

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