Two children were injured as a Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper collided with a school bus on Feb. 12, 2018.
The trooper crashed his highway patrol vehicle into the bus and an SUV near the intersection of East Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Springdale Road in Austin, according to KXAN. The bus was carrying 38 KIPP Austin Public Schools students at the time of the crash.
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Officers responded to the crash at 4:43 p.m. Monday. Video sent to KXAN showed the trooper colliding head-on with the Apple Bus Company school bus in the right lane of eastbound Martin Luther King Boulevard
The Department of Public Safety said the trooper was turning left from MLK onto Springdale when he hit first the SUV and then the bus.
Austin-Travis County EMS said six children were evaluated at the scene of the crash. KIPP Austin Public Schools said one child was taken to a nearby hospital while another was taken to an urgent care clinic.
“We would like to extend our prayers and thoughts to the children that were involved,” said Sgt. Victor Taylor, spokesman for DPS.
The as-of-yet unidentified state trooper went to Dell Seton Medical Center with serious but non-life threatening injuries, according to first responders. Taylor said the SUV driver was treated for minor injuries but was not hospitalized.
KIPP Austin Public Schools issued a statement saying the bus was dropping off students from KIPP Austin Leadership Elementary and KIPP Austin Vista.
DPS said troopers are reconstructing the crash and will eventually issue a final report. They said 42 people total were involved in the incident. The department said they expect the trooper to return to work in several days.
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