Earlier this week, an 18-wheeler smashed into a school bus near Austin, Texas, injuring 10 of the 20 students on-board. Authorities are said to be still investigating the matter.
The footage comes from the surveillance cameras found at a gas station near the accident site, and based on what we’re seeing, it appears that the school bus had a clear green light. However, ABC News reports that the truck driver claimed he had a yellow light, which we find highly unlikely.
He also claims that he tried to stop, although it’s obvious that any attempt to do so came when it was already too late to actually avoid the impact.
Unfortunately, 10 students had to be taken to the hospital, 8 by ambulance and 2 by their parents. The bus driver was also hospitalized, according to the Bastrop School District twitter feed, however the extent of his injuries remains unknown.
“District staff were on hand at the scene and at the hospital to support students and their families, and we will continue to provide counseling and support upon students’ return to school. We would like to express our deep appreciation to first responders and law enforcement who were on the scene so quickly giving care to all those involved. We also appreciate the outpouring of support from our campuses, community members, and neighbors who have expressed their prayers and support this morning,” said the school in an official press release.
All of the students’ injuries were described as minor, which , all things considered, is extremely fortunate.