Crosbyton CISD releases statement concerning May 8 bus incident

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CROSBYTON, Texas (NEWS RELEASE) – The following is a news release from Crosbyton CISD:

On May 8, 2019, at approximately 3:35 p.m., on Highway 82, approximately four miles west of Crosbyton, a Crosbyton CISD school bus carrying 25 high school students returning from a fieldtrip in Lubbock took evasive action to avoid a slow-moving farm tractor that was traveling east along the highway’s right-hand shoulder. During that evasive maneuver, the bus oversteered at least once across the eastbound lanes of the highway and onto the grass center median of the highway. The bus driver was able to regain control of the bus and return it to the left-hand shoulder of the highway and then safely to the right-hand shoulder of the highway where it was brought to a stop.

Once stopped on the right shoulder of the highway, the adults on the bus assessed the students for reported injuries and made the decision to proceed the remaining approximately four miles to the District. Once the students disembarked at the District, it received various reports of injuries from students and from parents of students who were riding on the bus.

The District is working with the parents of those students to assist them as needed. Students and parents are encouraged to continue their communication with school officials regarding the incident.

Student safety is paramount to the Crosbyton CISD administration, and it is working diligently to continue to investigate the matter and will take every available measure to ensure that a similar incident does not occur again in the future.

State and federal law prohibit the District from disclosing personally identifiable student information as well as personnel information. Therefore, the District cannot provide further information on this matter.

(News release from the Crosbyton Consolidated Independent School District)

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