An accident involving a school bus and three other vehicles last Friday could have ended in a fiery tragedy were it not for the efforts of one student and a crew of oil field workers. The quick actions of a ninth grader and several Halliburton employees have been called heroic.
The school bus had picked up nine students and was on its way for more when the accident occurred just after 7:30 a.m. The Texas Department of Public Safety reports that apparently a PT Cruiser had pulled to the shoulder to allow a big rig to pass. The truck clipped the Cruiser, causing it to spin onto the road and hit the bus head-on. A Ford Focus that was following the bus also crashed into the bus. The passenger compartment of the bus completely turned over, while, oddly, the frame remained upright.
Upon witnessing the nightmare, the Halliburton crew raced over to help pull victims from the wreckage. One bus passenger quickly recovered from the impact and began assisting his fellow students from the bus. Shortly after all the vehicles were evacuated, a fire broke out that engulfed all four vehicles.
Ironically, the bus was new to the district fleet, having been custom-equipped with some of the latest safety features. Whether these played a part in keeping the students from more serious injury is not known.
The driver of the 18-wheeler was airlifted to a nearby hospital in critical condition. All the other victims were also hospitalized as well. Fortunately, none of the students sustained injuries that are life-threatening.
The bus passenger and the crew members have been lauded for their efforts. It has not been reported, however, whether the driver of the big rig was cited.
Personal injuries can devastate an individual both physically and financially. If you have been hurt in an accident due to the fault of someone else you may wish to file a claim to recover damages. Call Dallas personal injury lawyer Dean Malone for a review of your case at (214) 670-9989.
- Guest Contributor