School Bus Driver Remains Hospitalized After Head-On Crash

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BRUCEVILLE-EDDY (September 17, 2013)—A woman who was trapped in the wreckage after the school bus she was driving collided head-on with a dump truck on the southbound Interstate 35 access road between Waco and Temple remained in a local hospital Tuesday.

(Photo by Nichole Perez)

But an adult aide who was thrown from the bus and six injured children who were taken by ambulance to Hillcrest were treated and released Monday night, the school district said Tuesday.

In all, Hillcrest said it treated 15 students after the crash, nine of whom were evidently driven to the hospital by parents.

The Bruceville-Eddy school bus and a dump truck hauling a load of stone collided head-on at around 3:45 p.m. Monday near a roadside picnic area at mile marker 318.

The driver, whom rescuers had to cut from the wreckage of the bus, was flown by medical helicopter to Hillcrest, where she remained Tuesday, the district said in a brief statement.

She underwent successful surgery Monday night, but her name and information about her condition weren’t released Tuesday.

The aide and the six students were treated and later released from Hillcrest Monday night, the school district said.

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.

He told Bruceville-Eddy police Chief Bill McLean he might have passed out before the crash, Mclean said, but the cause hasn't been confirmed.

A number of parents were at the accident scene, picking up their children.

The accident caused backups on the main highway.

Bus routes were run normally Tuesday, the district said, and counseling was available for “students who may need some help with dealing with the accident,” the district said.

(Photo by Nichole Perez)