An accident involving an Andrews ISD school bus and a wrong way driver has left two dead, authorities state.
The accident happened at about 5 p.m. on Friday night, about 250 miles west of Fort Worth near the 179 mile marker. The bus was one of three from Andrews High School, carrying 25 students and some faculty to Sweetwater for a high school playoff game. The Texas Department of Public Safety reported that the accident occurred when a pick-up truck going the wrong way on I-20 crashed head on with the school bus, causing it to roll.
Authorities state that the pick-up truck was traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes of I-20. The wrong way driver collided with one Andrews High School bus, then hit a second bus before bursting into flames.
The driver of the pick-up truck, a 59-year-old man, was pronounced dead at the scene. In addition, the bus driver, a 69-year-old man, and the Andrews High School Band Director, a 53-year-old man, both passed away due to injuries sustained during the crash.
It was reported that two of the students on the first bus were transported to a local hospital in Lubbock, Texas in critical condition. Eleven other students were treated for minor injuries at a Big Springs Hospital. Nobody on the second bus was injured.
It is still unclear as to why the accident occurred.
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