School bus driver failed to yield before crash with 18-wheeler, DPS said

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LUBBOCK, Texas – The Texas Department of Public Safety provided an update Thursday afternoon on a crash that involved a Lubbock-Cooper ISD school bus.

The update said Margaret A. Hernandez, 52, of Lubbock, who was driving the Lubbock-Cooper ISD school bus, was ejected from the bus during the crash and was transported to Covenant Medical Center with serious injuries. She was not wearing a seatbelt, per DPS.

DPS originally said two children suffered serious injuries. That later changed to say one child suffered serious injuries.

DPS said the school bus was going north on County Road 2500 approaching the intersection with FM 1585. The 18-wheeler was going west. Drivers along CR 2500 have a stop sign at the intersection.

FM 1585 and County Road 2500 (Nexstar/Staff)

“[The school bus driver] failed to yield right of way at the intersection and pulled out in front of the path of travel of the truck tractor,” DPS said.

“The school bus was occupied with 11 … children,” DPS said. Two children were transported to Covenant Children’s Emergency room. Nine children were transported to University Medical Center, DPS said.

“All children were elementary age,” DPS said.

The children were headed Central Elementary, according to Lubbock Cooper ISD. The time of the crash was 6:38 a.m. DPS said conditions were clear and dry. DPS listed the speed limit as 60 m.p.h.

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