11/02/2015 // 1-800 Car Wreck // (press release)
Houston, TX – A reported 29 students were transported to a Humble-area hospital after being involved in an accident during a school field trip. The Houston Chronicle reported that a car hit the school bus that the Crespo Elementary students were traveling in, outside of the Old MacDonald's Farm petting zoo. Five adults were also taken to the hospital.
Source: Houston Chronicle Report “29 students, 5 adults taken to hospital after Houston ISD school bus hit by car on field trip”
“None of the injuries was considered serious, according to an Houston ISD spokesperson. The accident involving a Houston ISD bus and a four-door sedan happened Thursday morning on FM 1960 near Woodland Hills Drive in northeast Harris County. The accident happened right outside of Old MacDonald's Farm, a petting zoo off US-59 frequently visited by schools in the area.”
The sedan reportedly rear-ended the school bus. A Houston ISD spokesperson said that none of the injuries sustained were life threatening.
The Houston school bus accident occurred a month after another crash involving a Houston ISD school bus led to the deaths of two high school students and injuries of others. The school bus involved plummeted over a bridge after being hit by a car. A school bus safety probe was subsequently requested by Texas State Senator Sylvia Garcia.
Source: 1-800-CAR-WRECK Blog “#1800CarWreck Houston Reports School Bus Safety Probe Sought After Tragedy”
“Following the recent deaths of two Houston Independent School District students who were killed in a school bus crash, Texas State Senator Sylvia Garcia is now requesting that a study be conducted on school bus safety. Garcia made the request to Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick asking that the Senate Committee on Education be charged with investigating matters including current laws linked to school bus safety standards, and how the Texas Education Agency collects data on accidents and safety standards.”
Houston School Bus Crash Injuries
According to Houston bus accident attorney Amy Witherite of Eberstein Witherite LLP, there are more than 34,000 students transported each day by approximately 1,000 buses in operation for the Houston Independent School District, and a number are involved in crashes each year. Says the Houston lawyer “many of these accidents involve negligence on the part of passing vehicles as indicated by reports on the recent school bus crash cases.”
Witherite further states “the last thing a parent expects to hear after sending their child off to school or allowing them to go on a school field trip is that something like a bus crash has put their safety in jeopardy, especially because another driver’s negligence has caused them to become involved in an accident.”
The attorney asserts that for victims of crashes in these cases there are legal options for ensuring that those at fault are accountable for the damages they have incurred as a result. Parents of school students can consult with a personal injury attorney to assess what options are available in their specific case.
Some parents were reportedly also on board the bus when it was hit. According to a spokesperson for Memorial Hermann Hospital Northeast, all 34 of the patients treated at the hospital were listed in good condition and discharged that afternoon.
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