Driver cited for colliding with AISD school bus

AISD bus crash on I-35 northbound frontage near US 290. (Courtesy: David Rivera)
AISD bus crash on I-35 northbound frontage near US 290. (Courtesy: David Rivera)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Police have cited 24-year-old Maria Segura-Bautista for veering into the bus lane and causing the crash with the AISD school bus.

Two children were seriously injured Tuesday afternoon in a four-vehicle crash. The injured children were not in the school bus.

The two children were taken to Dell Children’s Medical Center, one with critical, life-threatening injuries, according to Austin-Travis County EMS. Both children are under the age of five, EMS said Tuesday night. Four adults were taken to University Medical Center Brackenridge with non-life threatening injuries.

The accident happened around 3:00 p.m. in the area of the 5800 block of the northbound I-35 service road near Reinli Street. According to AISD police, a driver in another car went into the bus’ lane for an unknown reason, hitting the bus’ front tire. District police say this caused the bus driver to steer right and hit the pole. The bus was coming from Kealing Middle School.

Thirty-one children were in the bus, including 16 who were evaluated by medics, but none were taken to the hospital.

Scene of a multi vehicle crash on I-35 service road (ReportIt)
Scene of a multi vehicle crash on I-35 service road (ReportIt)

Walker Gossett was one of the students on the bus. “The first bump I got worried because I hit my face on a seat and that’s how I bit my lip and then I started freaking out. I just put my hands over my head trying not to get hurt,” said Walker.

Walker’s mother, Kristin Gossett was at work when she got the call.

“He was in a frantic voice and he said his bus has been involved in an accident and I could come get him and gave me the address,” said Gossett.

Seat belts are available to students on all AISD school buses. Investigators say many of the students involved in Tuesday’s crash weren’t wearing them.

“I hope that this is a reminder for children that they should always be buckled up. I hope this will be a lesson,” said Gossett.

Investigators are still looking into what caused the driver to hit the bus in the first place.

AISD Police are looking at the policies in place to see if anything can be improved to ensure students’ safety.

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