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10/13/07-Longview

Parents React To Pine Tree School Bus Crash

East Texas parents breath a sigh of relief Saturday, knowing no one was seriously injured in a Pine Tree High School bus accident.  Two people remain hospitalized Saturday after a school bus driver lost control and ran off the road. 

The bus load of band students, were on their way to a football game.  The accident happened in Gladewater on Loop 485 near Highway 271 around 5:30 p.m. Friday night.  Pine Tree parents are understandably shaken over a very close call.

"It was chaotic as you might imagine," said parent Melinda Burns.  "We got the call from our older daughter who was on one of the buses saying they had turned around and saw that it was our middle daughter's bus that went off the road.  There were parents trying to come on the scene and find their child."  Police say the driver, band director Glenn Wells, clipped the back of a trailer before leaving the road.  He then drove through a fence, uprooted a tree stump and finally coming to rest on private property, coming dangerously close to a gas line.

"My initial reaction was fright, wondering how many students may be injured and how serious was the situation," said Gladewater Police Chief Farrell Alexander.  Thirty-eight students were on the bus, and all were taken to Good Shepherd Medical Center. 

"It is very confusing when everyone shows up on the scene, and the officers are trying to keep everybody safe,"  said Alexander.  Melinda Burns' daughter suffered minor head injuries.  Burns says for many parents, the worst part of the ordeal was the chaotic scene of the accident, and not knowing who was hurt.

"It's a parents worst nightmare to get that phone call," said Burns.  "When I picked up the phone and heard my daughters voice crying saying there's been a bus accident, and it was Kristina's bus, it's the worst fear that shoots through you at that point cause you don't know at that point how bad is this."   Two people remain hospitalized in fair condition.  One student with an arm injury, and the bus driver, band director Glenn Wells with head lacerations and a back injury.  Police say it is very unlikely the driver, Glenn Wells will be charged with anything involving the accident.  

Bob Hallmark, Reporting. bhallmark@kltv.com

 

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