Semi Swerves To Avoid Stopped School Bus And Strikes 5-Year-Old Boy
Bastrop County, Texas – A semi pulling a flatbed failed to stop in time and struck a 5-year-old boy who was getting off of a school bus along U.S. 290 East on Tuesday afternoon.
According to the Texas Department of Public Safety (TxDPS), a flatbed semi-truck failed to slow in time to avoid striking a young boy after he had just exited a school bus stopped near the 290/Old McDade Road intersection.
The incident occurred at approximately 4:14 p.m., DPS said.
According to investigators, a camera on the bus captured the moments leading up to the accident.
Authorities said the video reveals the bus driver holding the boy back and checking mirrors to make sure it was safe to exit.
However, the semi’s driver, who has not yet been identified, reportedly told police he did not have time to fully slow down once he realized the bus was stopped.
The truck driver swerved into the roadside ditch and was able to avoid striking the bus, but could not avoid the child.
The boy’s female cousin was with him at the time, but was not struck.
Witnesses described a heart-wrenching scene as the boy’s mother ran to him and held him while waiting for emergency responders to arrive.
Josue Castro lives near the crash site and told local news outlet KXAN, “She was just in shock. Her kid was bleeding from his mouth and he was crying.”
The boy was airlifted to Dell Children’s Hospital with injuries that are not expected to be life-threatening, DPS said.
“We’re very fortunate,” said Texas DPS Sergeant Dan Baker.
It is unknown why the truck driver was unable to stop in time and how fast the semi was traveling as it approached the bus.
No charges have been filed, but authorities said they are continuing to gather evidence.
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