Weatherford Democrat

November 8, 2012

One student receives minor injuries in school bus wreck

Christin Coyne

MILLSAP — One student received minor injuries Wednesday morning after a vehicle reportedly hit a Millsap ISD bus.

A 16-year-old girl, seated in the left rear portion of the bus, was transported to the hospital via ground ambulance for neck pain, according to Texas Highway Patrol trooper and spokesman Gary Rozzell.

A Ford F150 driven eastbound by Augustus Keller, of Mineral Wells, reportedly struck the back of the eastbound bus that was stopping on U.S. Highway 180 about 2.4 miles west of Weatherford to make a scheduled pickup of students, according to DPS.

The bus, driven by James Wicker, of Weatherford, had its flashing red lights and stop sign displayed on the left of the vehicle at the time of the incident, Rozzell reported.

The bus was carrying 17 passengers as well as the driver.

The girl was later released from the hospital, according to Millsap ISD Superintendent David Belding.

The other children, ranging from elementary school age to high school age, were put on another bus and transported to school.

Principals notified parents of the children on the bus of the incident, according to Belding.

“Luckily, the driver that hit the bus wasn’t seriously injured,” Belding said.

Belding praised the efforts of the bus driver in keeping the students safe and calm after the incident, as well as the district’s transportation director and emergency personnel who handled the incident.

As the county grows there is going to be more and more traffic, Belding said.

He encouraged drivers to be aware of when there is a school bus in the area and to be cautious around the buses and where they make stops.