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Bus Carrying 25 Students Involved in Fatal Accident

Overnight, a charter bus carrying 25 students from Lubbock to El Paso was involved in a head-on collision on US 62/180. The students were from several different high schools, including El Paso, Austin, Irvin, Andress, Chapin, Jefferson, and Bowie High Schools.

The bus was taking the students home from a regional track meet.

The incident occurred just a little after midnight in Hudspeth County. According to reports, a Chevrolet truck that was driving east on the westbound lanes collided with the charter bus. 17 individuals suffered non-life-threatening injuries and 2 individuals were pronounced dead at the scene; one of the deceased was a social sciences teacher and track coach from Irvin High School. Officials say he was a "dedicated member of the Irvin faculty and devoted coach." The other man killed in the accident was the driver of the pickup.

According to Superintendent Juan Cabrera, buses from other schools stopped after the crash, giving students shelter and comfort. “They remained with us until all of our students and staff were cared for. It is times such as these that remind us that were are all one family, one community—all focused on taking care of kids.” Counseling will be available on all campuses affected by the tragedy.