SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) — Six children hurt in a school bus crash in Hays County are out of the hospital. Investigators say the driver who hit the bus may not have been paying attention at the time. Police say the utility truck he was driving slammed into the Travis Elementary School bus Monday afternoon on State Highway 21 near the San Marcos Regional Airport. There were 11 students on the bus at the time, in addition to the bus driver and an aide. The driver of the utility truck was taken to the hospital in critical condition.
In addition to the six children released from the hospital on Monday at 9 p.m., four other students on Monday were taken to the hospital on a relief bus, which had an EMS technician and their parents on board. City officials said the students, along with a San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District bus driver and a bus monitor, all suffered minor injuries.
“I am so pleased that our students and staff are safe and all were able to be at their homes last night,” said Superintendent Mark E. Eads in a statement. “Their safety and health is the focus at this time. I want to thank our staff, parents, and community members that came to the scene and provided assistance.”
The crash happened about 5:15 p.m. on SH 21 near Bogie Drive, south of the San Marcos Municipal Airport. School district officials say the utility truck rear-ended the San Marcos CISD bus when it stopped to unload children.
Philip Rodriguez, a child on the bus, said he saw a flash of light and then the bus crashed.
“I think it was the bus driver that jumped out of the bus and then my grandma fainted because she thought it was me that flew out the door,” Rodriguez said. He said his leg and neck still hurt a bit, but overall he feels OK.
District officials say there have been other issues along the route and SMCISD will work with Texas Department of Transportation officials to review and identify any safety issues and possibly make changes.
SH 21 was closed in both directions for more than four hours while authorities investigated the crash.