Just before 5 AM today, at least 6 people were injured in a crash involving an 18-wheeler and a Greyhound bus on Interstate 45 in The Woodlands. According to the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), the semi-truck collided with the Greyhound bus while it was disabled on the side of the road. As a result of the accident, five out of the twenty-six passengers were injured, along with the driver of the big rig. Those injured in the accident were taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital, and the remaining passengers were switched to another bus to take them to their destination.
State Troopers say the big rig driver was hurt but is not in critical condition. The semi-truck driver was transporting water bottles, which were left scattered along the freeway. The truck driver also took out a large traffic sign along the freeway before colliding with the bus. The collision required DPS to shut down all southbound lanes on Interstate 45.
Recent Bus & Truck Accident Collisions
This is not the first time a semi-truck has crashed into a Greyhound bus. On August 30, 2018, a truck collided head-on with a Greyhound bus carrying 49 passengers in New Mexico. Seven people died in the accident, and dozens of people were injured and hospitalized. The New Mexico accident occurred when a tire blowout caused the driver to lose control of the vehicle as it was heading east on Interstate 40. The tire blowout caused the truck driver to swerve into oncoming traffic, hitting the Greyhound bus head-on. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, tire blowouts cause more than 12,000 truck accidents every year. Tire replacements and routine maintenance are needed to prevent accidents like this one from occurring.
On August 19, 2019, a commercial truck and Greyhound bus collision left at least 17 people injured in Kentucky. Reports say the Greyhound bus was traveling from Atlanta to Cincinnati when it collided with a commercial truck. Police confirmed that the driver was distracted and on his phone during the crash. Police say the bus left its lane and collided with a tractor-trailer.
Although these greyhound bus and truck accidents were caused by poor maintenance and distracted driving, the DPS is still conducting a thorough investigation to determine the cause of this semi-truck and Greyhound bus accident in The Woodlands, Texas.
The bus accident attorneys at Arnold & Itkin will continue to follow this story as police officers continue investigating. We hope for the full recovery of those injured in this accident.