Police: Local school bus driver failed to activate lights before truck hit boy

Published: Aug. 31, 2020 at 6:23 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 1, 2020 at 4:22 PM CDT
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KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) – A now former Killeen ISD bus driver was cited for failure to activate the bus’s flashing warning lights after a boy who exited the bus was struck by an oncoming pickup truck Monday afternoon, police said Tuesday.

The middle school student, who was flown to a local hospital after the accident Monday afternoon near Hilltop Loop and Wales Drive, was in stable condition Tuesday.

The boy was crossing in front of the bus when the truck hit him, officials said.

“All KISD transportation employees were provided additional training on the proper ways to report emergencies and the importance of all precautionary light and signal protocols,” district spokeswoman Taina Maya said Tuesday.

The district announced that the driver of the bus was fired.

Monday was the first day of in-person instruction in Killeen schools.

About 21,700 of the district’s 44,321 students opted to return to campus.

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