Driver's future uncertain in Sherman ISD bus accident

By: Daniel Armbruster Email
By: Daniel Armbruster Email

SHERMAN, TX - Questions still remain after a bus accident Monday in Sherman, where police say the bus driver ran a red light, sending several children to the hospital. Daniel Armbruster has the latest.

A source close to the situation tells KXII that the bus driver in yesterday's incident is not driving on the current route, at least temporarily. But school administrators, which include Transportation Director Randy Reddell and Superintendent Dr. Al Hambrick, are staying tight-lipped about the matter, only saying that it remains a personnel situation within the district.

According to police the bus was carrying a total of 46 people. Nine children were transported to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries. All injuries were described by emergency workers as minor. The children on board were 5th and 6th graders from Dillingham Intermediate School.

Police say witnesses at the scene told them that the bus driver ran a red light. According to school officials, 39-year-old Tracy Watkins has been driving with the district for one year and this is her first accident, but they had no comment on if the driver will face any disciplinary actions by the school district.

"Well of course that's an internal personnel matter of the school district. All drivers are under the Texas Commercial Driver's License under the State of Texas and the Texas Department of Public Safety," Redell says.

So far the bus driver has not been issued any citations. Sgt. Bruce Dawsey of the Sherman Police Department says in situations like this where there are no fatalities or serious injures and police were not present at the time the accident occurred,more often than not citations aren't issued, and it is up to the investigating officer on the scene whether or not a citation is issued.

We'll stay on top of this story and bring you the latest as it develops.

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  • by Anonymous on May 14, 2010 at 09:01 AM
    Anonymous you tell a good story with all info wrong. First of all East street and Lamar does not have a railroad crossing. It is to the east of the corner. The bus was at the corner East facing south and was to turn left on Lamar.Next you came out of nowhere in the normal morning rush and hung a quick left onto East street. Yes the driver came close to hitting your Ford SUV.The bus was without any children.When facts are right the story is not as exciting as you like is it. Also if bus drivers jumped on the band wagon everytime someone ran their REDS ( if you know what that is ), get cut off and have to take quick reaction ,block them when trying to get into bus lanes at schools then you would realize the road goes both ways.Take time to wave or give a little courtsey , it might feel good. Think how it is when you get 5 or 6 kids in your SUV ( quite isn't it, no way). Try a bus with 50 plus kids aboard sometime. Have a nice day !!!
  • by Zyklon B Location: The Voice on May 13, 2010 at 02:36 PM
    I obviously spend the same amount of time on here as you do, Anonymous, you dolt.
  • by Anonymous on May 13, 2010 at 01:43 PM
    I bet princesses kids all suffer from ADHD she probably has them all drugged up. I also bet when her kids make bad grades in school it is the teachers fault not her kids. Its you and people like you that have ruined our schools with your liberal views. And also how many kids have died in school bus crashes in Sherman over the years. Go get a life.
  • by Anonymous on May 13, 2010 at 01:25 PM
    I almost got hit by a school bus that ran a stop sign. And it was at railroad tracks. Buses are supposed to stop at all railroad tracks whether or not there is a stop sign. I stopped at my stop sign and I saw the bus coming but didn't think anything about it because I figured she was going to stop at the stop sign. I started to turn but she kept coming so I had to slam on my brakes to keep from getting hit.
  • by Anonymous Location: Sherman on May 13, 2010 at 01:19 PM
    My daughter goes to Dillingham and is supposed to ride that bus in the morning but I now take her because of situations on that bus. She rides a different bus in the afternoon to her grandmothers and that bus is not full of rowdy kids. That bus driver makes them mind. I still do no like her riding a bus at all but sometimes you do not have a choice. I am able to take her in the morning but cannot pick her up after school. I can't believe that just because nobody was seriously injured that nothing will happen to the bus driver. Is it going to take a child dying for something to be done?
  • by Roy on May 13, 2010 at 12:19 PM
    Between the SISD school buses and those TAPPS buses its amazing more people aren't hurt on a daily basis.
  • by Anonymous on May 13, 2010 at 09:59 AM
    princess you sound like an idiot. just saying and zyklon go get job and quit collecting welfare you spend to much time on here
  • by Anonymous on May 13, 2010 at 07:37 AM
    Princes your comment on your daughter not riding a SISD bus is well taken.It is parents ( maybe like yourself )that creat most problems. First of all kids are not taught today to show respect, listen to or follow rules as written and posted. ( for their own safety )As for your statement about kids sitting scared to death , you have watched one to many horror movies.Each bus driver request that everyone take a seat and hold the noise down. The bus drivers first responsibility to get each child to and from school in the safest manner possible. Your respect and help would be very much appriciated. Tell your friends with children the drivers care for your kids very much. Have a nice day.
  • by parentof 4th grader Location: Sherman on May 13, 2010 at 06:44 AM
    princess,you can't tell me Kids are scared and sitting still. They are never still or quite. Why not give it up,if you don't want your kids riding buse's,take them,if you aren't to lazy.Leave the drivers and supervisor alone. Watch out when you are pulling out in front of a driver. They may not see you if they are taking care of the kids. Lets find something else to run in the ground.
  • by Overdone Location: Sherman on May 12, 2010 at 08:19 PM
    O.K. KXII -- enough. Time to let it rest. You reported the accident along with all the second-rate gossip and comments... factual or not. Do you provide this much coverage when a cop car plows into the back of a citizen's car or public officials commit felonies? What's the deal? Slow day? Wearing us out again. -Way Overdone
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