According to officials with the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), a truck driver who was driving an 18-wheeler that crashed into a Kirbyville Independent School District school Wednesday turned himself in to the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office last Saturday morning, although he was later released after posting a $7500 bond later that same day.
According to a preliminary DPS report, the accident that led to the arrest occurred at about 7:30 AM last Wednesday. The southbound school bus was in the process of picking up its last student before heading to school. As it was stopped on Highway 96, it had all emergency stop lights activated and flashing.
It was at that point that the bus was struck from behind by a 2007 Freightliner tractor-trailer that was also moving southbound. Build a large truck did not make a direct hit on the back of the school bus, and instead veered slightly to the left, hitting only the left quarter panel of the bus, the impact of the crash was still enough to shake up all of the 53 students aboard the school bus. Ultimately, a total of six students were transported by ambulance to area hospitals. Thankfully, no one suffered any life-threatening injuries and neither driver was injured. A number of parents took their children to doctors and hospitals to make sure their child was okay, but no other serious injuries were discovered.
A couple of days later, after an investigation, the truck driver, 72-year-old Robert Watson, was charged by DPS with Felony Injury to a Child. That charge can lead to between six months and two years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. DPS has turned the case to the Jasper County District Attorney’s Office.
The Jasper County Sheriff’s Office sent a statement after the accident in which they noted that the results of the accident could have been much worse, and asking people to be extra careful when driving around school buses. They also noted that this is the second such accident they’ve had to work in the space of a month.
Accidents involving large trucks and any vehicle smaller than them can often be devastating. While the Jasper County Sheriff is correct in saying that the results of the accident were lucky, emotional and physical toll on the children in the school bus may not be fully known for a while. Parents in this situation should keep an eye on their child for a while after such an accident.
If you or a loved one of the victim of an accident involving large truck, please contact the proven and experienced Texas Truck Accident Attorneys at Hill Law Firm as soon as is possible after the accident, so that we can investigate all of the factors surrounding your accident and protect your rights under the law.