Wednesday afternoon in Lumberton, a Beaumont school bus was headed home from Charlton-Pollard Elementary School on U.S. 69. The bus was carrying 4 adults and 44 children, many of which were in fourth grade. At around 2 pm, the bus careened into oncoming traffic—colliding with a pickup truck and an 18-wheeler. At least one of the passengers saw that they were going to hit a truck prior to impact—witnesses remembered a passenger yelling “We are going to hit that truck!” just before the crash.
According to witnesses on the bus, the passengers were launched into the air upon impact, leading to over 2 dozen hospitalizations. One boy allegedly hurt his neck on impact, forcing him to lie in the aisle while emergency services tended to everyone.
Parents stood by as ambulances carried their kids off to area hospitals. Some parents arrived at the scene after their children were already transported away. School administrators tried to get organized, gathering children onto a yellow tarp near the culvert where the bus crashed. Some parents found their children on the tarp—others were left asking which hospital their kids had been taken to.
At the time of this writing, most of the students had been released from the hospital. Currently there is only 1 student and 1 teacher who is still receiving hospital treatment for their injuries. Get more details from the Houston Chronicle’s report.