Multiple injuries have been reported at a Houston freeway when a school bus and an 18 wheeler were involved in an accident. The school bus was from the Cleveland Independent School District.
According to the Houston Fire Department, which responded to the accident, 18 patients were transported from the scene on U.S. 59 at Will Clayton Parkway. The patients, ages 13 to 16, were taken to area hospitals “for precautionary reasons,” officials said in a news release.
The accident, which happened at about 2:30 p.m., involved a school bus and a semi tractor trailer, the fire department reported.
Pennee Hall, a Cleveland school district assistant superintendent, said 57 Junior ROTC high school students were on a field trip to Johnson Space Center. As far as she knew, Hall said Tuesday afternoon, no one was seriously injured.
District officials were working to confirm the information about injuries, she said.
Hall said the patients who were transported included either the driver or an adult sponsor.
Eight people were taken to Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital, said Evan Koch, spokesman with Memorial Hermann Healthcare System. They were in good condition later Tuesday, he said.
Another five people were taken to Memorial Hermann Northwest Hospital, Koch said. Of those, four later were discharged and the other is in good condition,he said.
Texas Department of Transportation spokesman Danny Perez said the accident shut down four main lanes, leaving one inside lane open, Perez said.
Perez said he had no details on how the crash occurred.
Seven Houston Fire Department ambulances responded to the scene.
“We’re asking people to be careful out there, to please respect emergency vehicles and expect delays in the accident area,” Perez said.
No word yet on whether charges will be filed against either the driver of the bus or the tractor trailer.