Student dies after East Texas school van hit by a truck

Student dies in school van crash in Trinity County (Courtesy: KPRC)
Student dies in school van crash in Trinity County (Courtesy: KPRC)

TRINITY, Texas (AP) — Officials say one student has been killed and 10 hurt when an East Texas school van was rear-ended while stopped to pick up children.

The Department of Public Safety says the Trinity Independent School District van was struck by a pickup truck Thursday morning, 5 miles west of Trinity. That’s 75 miles north of Houston.

Students in both vehicles were hurt. A spokeswoman for East Texas Medical Center in Trinity says 10 children and the school van driver were in fair condition.

Trinity County Sheriff Woody Wallace says the 7-year-old girl from the van, who died at the hospital, was a deputy’s daughter.

Wallace says the pickup carried three students, including the driver who possibly was blinded by the sun while coming over a hill and upon the stopped van.