Bruceville-Eddy: Driver Of Truck That Hit School Bus Was Uninsured

BRUCEVILLE-EDDY (October 4, 2013)--The driver of a dump truck that hit a Bruceville-Eddy school bus, leaving the driver seriously hurt and more than a dozen students with mostly minor injuries, did not have insurance, the district says.

“Bruceville-Eddy ISD has had an opportunity to review the police report concerning the truck that crashed into one of our school buses on September 16th. We are very disappointed to learn that the driver at fault was uninsured,” the district said in a brief statement.

The woman driving the bus, who was trapped in the wreckage after the bus collided head-on with the dump truck on Sept. 16 on the southbound Interstate 35 access road between Waco and Temple, was flown to Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center.

Her name and information about her injuries hasn’t been released.

An adult aide who was thrown from the bus and six injured children who were taken by ambulance to Hillcrest were treated and 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.

He told Bruceville-Eddy police Chief Bill McLean he might have passed out before the crash, Mclean said at the time of the accident.

“We understand that the I-35 construction project will be in our community for several years,” the district said in the statement, “and we certainly hope we can trust that those in charge of it will ensure that all drivers meet state financial responsibility requirements and are qualified to be behind the wheel because the safety of our students and employees depends on it.”

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