SAN MARCOS, Texas – More than one dozen people were sent to the hospital Monday evening after a utility truck rear ended a school bus in San Marcos.
Around 5:15, a San Marcos CISD bus was stopped on State Highway 21 and Reynaldo Way as children from Travis Elementary got off. Department of Public Safety troopers say a utility truck carrying a small crane slammed into the back of the bus.
“We were at the table eating dinner when we just heard the loud, hard bang. It sounded like a bomb,” said Lydia Sanchez who lives across the street.
According to district officials, 11 children were on board along with two adults, the bus driver and a bus monitor.
“We got all the kids off the bus except one was pinned in one of the seats. And my son-in-law and one of my daughters, they went in there and they pulled on that seat until they could get her out of there,” Sanchez said.
The driver of the truck was also pinned. He was taken to University Medical Center-Brackenridge in Austin with serious injuries.
One student was released to parents while six children, the bus driver and monitor were taken by ambulance to Central Texas Medical Center. Another bus with an EMS technician on board brought four other children and their parents to the same hospital.
“They were trembling,” Sanchez recalled, “scared and crying. All of the students were crying.”
Investigators don’t know the exact cause of the accident but say they have an idea.
“I don’t believe weather was a factor, I don’t believe speed was a factor, just not paying attention,” said Sgt. Dane Baker of the Texas Department of Public Safety.
SH 21 was closed at Reynaldo Way for hours while Texas Department of Public Safety troopers investigated.
By Ashley Goudeau, KVUE