TROY (October 18, 2013)—The Troy Middle School football players and coaches who were injured Thursday night when the bus in which they were riding was struck by an 18-wheeler on the southbound Interstate 35 access road in Troy were all out of the hospital Friday, Troy ISD Superintendent Neil Jeter said.
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Jeter said nine students and two coaches were taken to Scott & White Hospital in Temple after the crash, which occurred at around 9 p.m. Thursday at the intersection of the I-35 frontage road and Main Street in Troy.
Later Friday, however, Troy Police Chief Keith Reed said a total of 13 victims were transported, four of whom went to Scott & White and nine of whom went to McLane Children’s Scott & White.
The most seriously injured victim was the coach who was driving the bus, Reed said.
Benny Carr was thrown out the door of the bus and suffered possible broken ribs, a possible broken vertebra and a possible cracked hip and sternum, Reed said.
All of the victims are now out of the hospital, Reed said.
Jeter said earlier Friday that some of the students were back in class.
The speed limit in the area of the intersection is 30 miles per hour and Reed said he thinks that’s why the injuries were not more severe.
The driver of the 18-wheeler was cited at the scene for disregarding a flashing red light at the intersection, which is a four-way stop.
Five ambulances were dispatched to the accident scene Thursday night and a triage area was set up at a nearby church where students were checked out and treated.
The father of two of the students on the bus, one of whom suffered a head injury, told News 10 in a phone interview that the bus was carrying the middle school players home from a game in Salado.
About 35 people were aboard the bus, police said.
It was the second accident involving a school bus along the interstate in a month.
On Sept. 16, a dump-truck veered into the path of a Bruceville-Eddy school bus on the southbound I-35 access road.
The head-on collision left the woman who was driving the bus trapped in the wreckage.
An adult aide who was thrown from the bus and six injured children who were taken by ambulance to Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center and were treated and later released.
In all, Hillcrest said it treated 15 students after the crash, nine of whom were driven to the hospital by parents.
About 50 students, ranging from elementary school to high school age, were on the bus at the time of the collision, which happened after the driver of the dump truck lost control of the vehicle, authorities said.
The dump truck driver wasn’t injured.