Parents address bus crash at Anna ISD meeting

By: Josh Stevenson Email
By: Josh Stevenson Email

ANNA, TX -- Several parents showed up at the school board meeting in Anna Thursday night to voice their concerns about yesterday's school bus accident.

"I just don't want to see no other kids get hurt, I just want something to be done," said one parent.

Dr. Joe Wardell and members of the board listened as parents questioned bus safety and bus driver training. First Student, the company that operated the bus, released a statement saying:

"The driver followed correct procedures to evacuate the students to a safe location nearby while local authorities and the school district were contacted. Emergency response evaluated and released many of the students at the scene, while 16 were transferred to area hospitals where they were treated and released.

At First Student, safety is our core value. We take this incident extremely seriously. We are cooperating fully with the current police investigation and will also conduct a thorough internal investigation of our own. The driver has been suspended pending the outcome of both."

In all 18 students were taken to area hospitals, none with serious injuries.

Anna Police are still investigating what caused that crash.


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  • by anonymous Location: Anna on Nov 24, 2008 at 09:09 AM
    Does anyone know what bus number or what the driver's name is? My son rides a bus from the elementary school. I would hate to find out that it was his bus driver. I don't mind picking him up from school from now on...I'd rather be safe than sorry at my kids funeral!
  • by Anonymous Location: Sherman on Nov 22, 2008 at 09:46 AM
    If parents of Sherman students realized what an overcrowded, unruly mess our bus rides turn out to be, not one would subject their children to it on a daily basis. Saving money is not worth what is going on.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 21, 2008 at 06:07 PM
    Anna, will probably never get these seat belts in their buses, the school can't see that they really need them and it would cost way too much, I guess Anna will have to wait until some child gets killed on a school bus then something will happen
  • by personal Location: personal on Nov 21, 2008 at 02:30 PM
    I'm just thankful that everyone is ok. Accidents happen I understand that some parents may be a little upset! But you should be thanking God that our children are ok. Because it could have been worse!
  • by Jess on Nov 21, 2008 at 10:21 AM
    Dave: when didn't they determine this? Haven't heard anything about it. And yes, ANON, if the driver was reading a book and not paying attention to the road, then this wreck would not have happened and the driver should be held accountable. IF that is in fact WHAT HAPPENED.
  • by Paula Location: Sherman on Nov 21, 2008 at 10:16 AM
    Where can I find the story of what the kids said about the diver. I missed it somewhere. And thank goodness, at least the driver did not let the bus go over the side. I am glad all of them are ok.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 21, 2008 at 09:21 AM
    YOu two that are commenting on here, the kids said that the driver was looking at a book and reading it, you cannot tell me, if the driver had been paying attention this accident would have not happen
  • by Dave Location: Anna on Nov 21, 2008 at 09:14 AM
    They already determined that it was not mechanical failure. Driver had 3 complaints on him before the accident. Several students said he was reading something on his clipboard
  • by Jess on Nov 21, 2008 at 08:18 AM
    Amazed, THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! It makes me so mad that people blame this person or that person without knowing any facts first. In my eyes right now, NO ONE is at fault. Cars break down or malfunction all the time.
  • by Amazed Location: Grayson County on Nov 21, 2008 at 07:38 AM
    I too would be frantic if my child was in a school bus wreck but for those of you idiots who are blaming the driver, maybe you better wait and be sure that it wasn't a mechanical failure like a tie rod or other piece of steering linkage.
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