Two People Dead And Many Injured In East Texas Bus Crash

On Thursday, 2 individuals died while many sustained serious injuries as an 18-wheeler school bus crashed.

The accident happened as the Mount Pleasant ISD track team was heading back to Mount Pleasant after a meeting about 50 miles northwest in Paris.

According to Mount Pleasant ISD Superintendent, Judd Marshall, the vehicle was going north on U.S. Highway 271, when it veered into oncoming traffic. The individual behind the wheel of the bus swerved to avoid a head-on crash and it slammed into a car driving behind the bus.

3 coaches and a student were in the hospital as of 1:45 p.m.

The case is under investigation as a report of an erratic driver was received a short time prior to the accident. Authorities are trying to know if the report is linked to the accident.

Drivers of both vehicles, the 18-wheeler and the car, died at the accident spot.

The car driver was identified as 30-year-old Angelica Beard, who was an assistant coach for the girls track team. In just 2 hours, the amount of $5,000 was received through a GoFundMe campaign to assist her family.

A student recalled the last words of Beard as she said, “I’m so proud of you.”

There was another bus in which the girls team was traveling. It was multiple miles behind and it was not involved in the accident.

It is not confirmed how many students got injuries. However, it was confirmed that 20 individuals sustained injuries from which 2 died, including the driver of the bus.

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