Wreck Caused by Rubber-Necking

4-26-05 – Driver inattention causes 22% of all crashes according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Monday morning, a school bus accident in Sherman was followed by a second wreck. Troopers say a curious driver rear-ended a patrol car at the scene.

Monday, a school bus loaded with students bound for Dillingham Intermediate School pulled out in front of another car on Highway 56 at SPUR 1417. Three students and one adult were taken to the hospital with minor injuries. Troopers say the school bus did not yield to traffic.

As rescuers were clearing the bus accident scene, another car rear-ended a trooper’s patrol car. No one was hurt, but troopers say those kinds of accidents are preventable.

"The ideal situation is for people to realize that when emergency vehicles are there, we're trying to do our job. Just slow down, pay attention to the roadway, stay in their lane, and drive," said Rebecca Uresti – of the Department of Public Safety.

Texas law requires drivers to slow down or change lanes for stopped emergency vehicles. The law, which went into effect in September of 2003, states a driver must change lanes to vacate the lane closest to the stopped emergency vehicle or slow down to 20 miles per hour below the speed limit.

Troopers say too many drivers lose focus when they drive past an accident scene.