Three people suffered fatal injuries and two were critically injured in a bus accident involving a Ford F-350 on I-20 near Big Spring. The bus was carrying the marching band and band director for Andrews High School when it collided with a truck traveling the wrong way on I-20. Authorities don’t yet know why the truck was traveling the opposite direction on the highway.
The collision killed the driver of the F-350 and two occupants of the bus, neither of whom were students, according to a statement from the Department of Public Safety. Two people remain in critical condition after getting airlifted to the hospital. About 11 students were taken to a medical provider in Big Spring for “non-life-threatening injuries.”
“We’ll get through tonight, but the tough part will be the days to come,” said Bobby Azam, Andrews ISD Superintendent. “Prayers are with those still receiving services and those who have lost loved ones.”
Among those who passed was the marching band director. The other two fatalities were also adults, but the two people in critical-but-stable condition are confirmed to be students.
The Andrews High School community is already coming together to remember the band director, who taught music to thousands of kids throughout his career and was well-loved.
Texas Wrong-Way Accidents
Wrong-way accidents are among the most lethal types of collisions. Both vehicles typically collide at full speed, significantly magnifying the force inflicted on the occupants. From 2010 to 2018, Texas saw 446 wrong-way crashes that resulted in 609 deaths. In other words, wrong-way crashes killed at least one person per crash on average.
Texas has the highest fatality rate for wrong-way collisions in the country according to data gathered by the AAA Foundation and the NTSB. Research shows that wrong-way accidents are actually on the rise, with more fatalities occurring every year.
Drunk driving is the chief cause of wrong-way accidents. About 60% of wrong-way accidents involve a driver with a blood alcohol level of .08% or higher.
Our hearts go out to the band director’s family, friends, and community, and we hope for speedy recoveries for the students in critical condition.