JACKSONVILLE, TX (KLTV) - The bus was just yards away from Nichols Intermediate in Jacksonville on Loop 456, at 69. The 18-wheeler couldn't stop in time, went through a red light, and hit the bus. We went to Jacksonville as soon as we got word of the accident.
All's well that ends well, but it certainly did not start that way.
"[It] kind of took me by surprise," said Desmond Kincade. "He's doing okay so far."
Kincade said he got a call at work about the accident. His son is a student at Nichols Intermediate. His son's bus didn't make it there Monday morning.
"I drive a truck myself, and I know how it is when you're not paying attention," he said. "All of a sudden, it's too late
"It's hard to stop a 80,000 pound vehicle," said Officer Jon Shobert with the Jacksonville PD.
He said the 18-wheeler was loaded with bottled water, headed south on 69.
"He's glad that there was no major injuries," said Shobert. "You hit anything, let alone a bus full of students, you're going to be upset."
29 5th and 6th graders, the driver and a bus monitor were on the bus this morning when the truck hit the right side of the bus, bending the wheel just below the emergency exit window.
"If he had of been going 55 miles per hour, I believe he would have went through the bus," said Shobert.
11 students were taken to Mother Frances Hospital in Jacksonville and four went to ETMC.
"I immediately got onto the bus and assisted with the students there," said Tammy Jones, principal of Nichols Intermediate.
Jones was on scene after the bus was hit.
"We were able to send counselors to the hospitals to be with the students once they arrived there," said Jones.
"Nobody was hurt significantly," said Shobert.
Good news for any parent.
"I'm just thankful that he's okay and the rest of the kids too," said Kincade.
Police say the 18-wheeler driver, whose name has not been released, was ticketed for failure to control his speed.