Some injuries in Anna school bus wreck

By: KXII Staff Email
By: KXII Staff Email

ANNA, Tex. - Another student was hospitalized after Wednesday night's school bus crash, bringing the total number of injured kids to 18. Thankfully, none of those injuries were serious.

Anna police say the student was taken home after the bus crash, but the parents then took that child to the hospital just as a precaution.

The student was treated and released.

Nine other kids who were taken to the Medical Center Of McKinney have been treated and released as well. Four were taken to Wilson N. Jones in Sherman, but have since returned home.

The cause of the crash is still being investigated, but the driver reportedly told police he experienced some type of mechanical failure.

From Wednesday...

A school bus carrying dozens of kids crashed in Collin County Wednesday afternoon, leaving several injured and shutting down some area roadways. Josh Stevenson and Rashi Vats bring us team coverage on this story.

The accident happened Wednesday afternoon as the kids were on their way home from school. The bus carreened off of FM 455, hitting a utility pole.

Thankfully, no one suffered any life-threatening injuries

Around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, students boarded Bus 68 at nearby Anna School. According to police, just five minutes later that bus struck a guardrail while crossing a bridge, then crashed into a utility pole.

In all, 17 children were transported, ranging in age from 6 to 16 years old. Nine kids were taken to the Medical Center of McKinney, six went to Wilson N. Jones in Sherman. Two special needs students were taken by ambulance to Medical Center in Dallas.

"The coordination between the fire department and the various ambulance companies and police departmants that responded I thought was very good," said Sgt. Jeff Caponera of the Anna Police Department.

The driver of the bus refused medical treatment, and according to Collin County officials, he reported that some type of mechanical failure may have been to blame for the collision.

"Right now we've got our accident investigators out, the took thier measurements, put it to paper. We will get a diagram and hopefully be able to determine what caused this crash," Sgt. Caponera said.

Anna Police say most of the injuries were not serious.

"Non life threatening injuries is what we've got, minor injuries, most of the kids were trransported for precautionary measures," Sgt. Caponera said.

Right now, Anna Police and Texas DPS are working to determine what exactly caused this crash.

One of those injured students, treated at Wilson N. Jones, spoke to KXII about his harrowing experience Wednesday. Not only was this teenager scared for his own safety, but he was worried about the safety of all students who ride the bus. He spoke with our Rashi Vats.

The student we spoke with says he and his classmates had just boarded the bus to go home, when all of a sudden the bus went out of control.

"All I was worried about was getting my little sister off the bus and all of the little kids off the bus," said student Derick Ford.

That's what Derick was doing seconds after the school bus crashed in Anna.

"On the bus we were going across the bridge and the side of the bus was scrubbing the metal part of the bridge and the bus driver was swerving trying to control the bus and the next thing we knew, he hit the ditch," Ford said.

And then, Ford says he saw students rolling off of the bus.

"Some of the kids hit their heads on the windows and some got cuts and stuff. I know my little sister hit her head and you had some other kids rammed their faces into the seats from coming down into the car," said Ford.

Ford says this bus did not have seatbelts, but thinks they could have prevented those minor injuries.

"It might have been different," said Ford. "No one would get thrown off the bus."

Ford's legal guardian agrees and says administrators should consider putting seatbelts on school buses.

"I believe seat belts would have made less injuries because it was said that one of the little girls in the bus was flipped over two seats," said Fredrico Wells, Ford's legal guardian.

According to the Collin County Fire Marshal, Ford and five other students suffered only minor injuries and were treated at Wilson N. Jones Medical Center in Sherman.


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  • by Cathita Location: Anna on Dec 4, 2008 at 12:29 PM
    Shut up Jess you know that if you were on the bus you wouldn't listen him or her. I can bet you 5,000 or more money>
  • by BOB Location: MUENSTER on Nov 25, 2008 at 12:15 PM
    ANOTHER IDEA!, WE CAN PUT A SOLENOID ON THE BUCKLES THAT WILL RELEASE THEM IN THE EVENT OF A CRASH, THE RELEASE WILL ONLY WORK AFTER A PRESET TIME AFTER THE CRASH WICH WILL HAVE TO BE WORKED OUT AFTER SOME TESTING TO DETERMINE A SAFE TIME DELAY AND ANOTHER SENSOR WILL DETERMINE IF THE BUS IS UPSIDE DOWN. IF IT IS WE WILL HAVE TO DECIDE IF IT WOULD BE SAFE TO AUTOMATICLY RELEASE THE BUCKLES, THAT CAN BE TESTED TOO, ALSO IF PARENTS DIDN'T WANT THERE CHILDREN TO WEAR THE BELTS YOU COULD HAVE THEM SIGN A WAIVER AND THE STUDENT WOULD BE ASIGNED SEATS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE BUS, WITCH I THINK WOULD BE THE SAFEST PART OF THE BUS, I COULD BE WRONG BUT WE COULD STUDY THAT TOO. I THINK THIS JUST MIGHT WORK?
  • by BOB Location: MUENSTER on Nov 25, 2008 at 11:15 AM
    OK IF ANYBODY WANT'S TO BACK ME, I'LL BUILD THE PROTOTYPE, AND YOU CAN PUT MY EMAIL ON THE POST rbaker132002@yahoo.com
  • by BOB Location: MUENSTER on Nov 25, 2008 at 11:09 AM
    I JUST THOUGHT OF SOMETHING, YOU KNOW HOW YOUR CAR DINGER KEEPS GOING OFF IF YOU DON'T FASTEN YOUR SEATBELT RIGHT, WHAT IF WE DESIGNED A SYSTEM WITH A SEAT GRID ON IT THAT THE DRIVER CAN SEE WITH A RED AND GREEN LED FOR EACH SEAT, WHEN THE STUDENT UNBUCKLES HIS OR HER SEATBELT A BUZZER GOES OFF AND THE DRIVER KNOWS WHAT SEAT IT CAME FROM BY THE GREEN LED GOING RED BY THAT SEAT NUMBER, IT'S A VERY SIMPLE CURCUIT, AND WOULD BE VERY COST EFFECTIVE. WOW I JUST MADE MY FIRST MILLION LOL
  • by Anonymous Location: Texas on Nov 24, 2008 at 05:47 PM
    I ride buses from First Student and most of the time the drifers are actually pretty decent but there ae some that arent and for Mr. Dodson I dont know him personally but I do know that my drivers here do and that this is being felt all through the company and I also ride a replica of the bus that was involoved in the accident and the maintence skills practiced at First Student are not always the best and I can tell you from experience and being on the bus that they dont always do what they claim or say that they do.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 24, 2008 at 01:34 PM
    DOOKIE, you are such an idiot GROW UP!!!
  • by Dookie Location: Shermboro on Nov 24, 2008 at 10:23 AM
    Make the kiddos wear football helmets on the bus, with mouthguards. I saw a guy driving south on 75 wearing a motorcycle helmet in a pick-up truck.
  • by xXRainXx Location: anna on Nov 23, 2008 at 05:28 PM
    "a girl flew over 2 seats.....well if she wasn't standing up then that wouldn't of happened. Bus seats are too tall for someone sitting down to fly over. She would have hit the seat in front of her if she was sitting down like she's SUPPOSED TO BE." *AHEM* My sister was SITTING DOWN and looking at a yearbook when she was THROWN two seats forward due to there being a DITCH that the bus driver hit prior to smashing into the poll. Secondly, those "special needs kids" are my friends, and the female of the two, wanted very badly to lash out at the person[s] that said that. She wanted to be treated NORMAL because almost no one knew about her condition. Finally, if the 6 year old who sits in the front, had worn a seat belt, she would have been OK. If her sister hadn't RAN to the front of the bus and SAVED her, that 6 year old would've FLOWN threw the window and none of you smart mouths would be acting like this. Learn some respect and find the facts! Your all being rude and ignorant.
  • by Jess on Nov 23, 2008 at 07:11 AM
    Melissa: Thank God your kids are in fact ok. Since you used to be a bus driver, then you KNOW that adding seat belts may in fact not work. Unless there is another adult on the bus checking to make sure the belts are being used, it's NOT GOING TO WORK. You of all people know that some kids bounce all over the bus and they don't listen to the driver.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 22, 2008 at 08:50 AM
    Melissa, so I guess you were riding the bus when it had the accident? How in the hick do you know that your child was sitting down, you don't!!! If this school bus had had seat belts these kids would not have been thrown all around in this bus, and this bus driver that wa driving I would sue him so bad and the company for their money, I know of this bus driver and he should have never been hired to drive a bus
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