At least 20 people were injured Wednesday morning when a school bus collide with a flat-bed semi.
Mount Pleasant Police said that a school bus carry at least 59 students rear-ended the 18-wheeler at the intersection of N. Ferguson and 16th Street. According to police is the semi was legally stopped at a red light.
There were numerous injuries ranging from minor to more serious.
Three students and the bus driver were taken to Titus County Regional Medical Center. The bus driver sustained a serious knee injury as a result of the accident, while the children
An additional 17 children suffered minor injuries and were also taken to the Titus Regional Medical Center.
Both the school bus and 18-wheeler sustained serious damage; however the truck was able to drive away from the scene.
Mount Pleasant police are still investigating the accident.
According to statistics from the NHTSA in 2008, the last time the agency tracked the data, an average of 19 school children die each year in transportation-related accidents. Fourteen of those fatalities are pedestrians. A recent report also from the NHTSA showed that pedestrian accidents are on the rise.
The other fatalities occurred in school transportation vehicles. Parents entrust school officials and bus drivers with the safety of their children. When they are injured or lose their lives, an accident attorney will work hard to make certain the irresponsible party pays for their reckless actions and none of the medical costs come out of their pockets.