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UPDATE: Fiery crash involving school bus in Cass Co.

CASS COUNTY, TX (KLTV) -  Just after 7am, DPS says a pickup, driven by 21-year-old William Duncan of Linden, crashed into the back of a Linden-Kildare CISD bus.

"His truck was messed up and the bus at the back, you know where the rectangle thing is, well it was busted," said first grader Jaida Bray, who was on the bus.

The truck caught on fire and was pulled away from the bus to keep the flames from spreading.

Authorities say Duncan was able to climb out of the wreckage and he was taken to Good Shepherd Hospital in Linden for facial injuries and a broken hand.  Authorities say there were no skid marks and it appears he was driving at a speed of at least 70 miles-per-hour.

Five of the 13 students on the bus were taken to the hospital to be checked out. However, they weren't transported by first responders or EMS Personnel.

Duncan was charged with "failure to control speed."


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CASS COUNTY, TX (KLTV/AP) - Emergency crews responded to the scene of a wreck involving a school bus and a pick-up truck.

According to authorities, the wreck happened just before 7:00 am on Highway 59 near Walnut Lane in the Linden area.

According to the Associated Press, Police say a pickup has struck a school bus in a northeast Texas wreck that left the truck driver hurt and his vehicle on fire.

Linden police say the accident happened Wednesday morning on Highway 59. Police say the pickup ended up lodged beneath the rear area of the bus, which did not catch fire.

Officer Mike Rider says the school bus apparently had stopped to pick up children and that no students were hurt. Rider told The Associated Press that the pickup driver has injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening and he was transported to a hospital.

The crash involved a Linden-Kildare Consolidated Independent School District bus. Superintendent James Cowley says the bus carried 13 students and a driver.

We have a crew heading to the scene. Check back to KLTV.com for updates on this developing story.

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