For many school students, going on a field trip is something they enjoy. They get to miss school, learn something new and enjoy visiting a different location. The JROTC students from Cleveland High School took a trip to NASA on Monday. On their way back from that field trip, they were involved in an accident when the school bus they were riding in ran into the back of an 18-wheeler.
The 18-wheeler was stopped in the middle of the Eastex Freeway when the accident occurred. No word has come about whether either driver will face charges or not. Houston police officers are investigating the crash.
What is known is that 19 students out of the 57 who were on the bus were taken to four local hospitals for medical care. Of those, eight to 10 were hospitalized. The students on the bus were 13 years old to 16 years old. It is said that the injuries appeared minor. The instructor for the JROTC program suffered from a lacerated lip. Officials say some of the students hit the back of the seat in front of them and suffered from facial injuries.
Learning that your child was in a school bus accident involving a semi-truck is a harrowing experience for any parent. These parents likely went through a range of emotions when they heard the news. For the parents of the children who were hospitalized, concerns like time off from work and mounting bills are likely at the forefront of their minds.
When a passenger on a bus is involved in an accident, taking legal action against the at-fault driver, and possibly other entities, might be possible.
Source: Click2Houston, "School bus with students on board involved in accident on Eastex Freeway," Bill Spencer, March. 17, 2015