East Texas Blood Supply Hits All Time Low

The fatal bus crash Monday morning illustrates the continuing need for a strong local blood supply. Stewart Regional Blood Center in Tyler says their blood supply has hit an all-time low. Area hospitals had called them for blood after the wreck, but they did not have enough in storage to send to them.

"At any time, an emergency situation can arise within your own family," said Michelle Cassel with Stewart Regional Blood Center. "Somebody might need blood for surgery, or have an accident where they need blood. If we don't have the blood for them, we cannot take care of their family members."

Cassel says donors did start coming in after hearing about the I-20 bus accident, but they're still in dire need. The center is supposed to have 150 pints of blood in storage...right now they have no pints in storage.