Elkhart ISD community shows support for students injured in bus rollover

"We're making sure resources are available for those that need it," said the Elkhart ISD superintendent.
Published: Nov. 1, 2022 at 11:03 AM CDT

ANDERSON COUNTY, Texas (KLTV) - Elkhart students involved in a bus wreck Friday have all been released from the hospital.

Fifteen people, including 12 students, suffered injuries when an Elkhart ISD bus was involved in a rollover wreck Friday afternoon. The road had standing water, and it was raining at the time of the crash.

The bus driver has also been cited for driving at an unsafe speed.

On Monday, Elkhart ISD Superintendent Dr. Lamont Smith released a statement.

“We are thankful that everyone survived the bus accident from Friday evening,” Smith said. “All individuals in the bus accident have been released from the hospital and are expected to recover. The bus was carrying varsity cheerleaders, a student journalist, staff and a small child. Our prayers and support have been extended to all impacted by the accident. We will continue to monitor and provide the necessary support for those involved.”

He also commented on the strength of having a supportive community.

“I’m so glad that we are such a close-knit community where we get the chance to spend time with each other, talk to each other,” said Smith. “I’ve been able to visit with parents, also visit with students. Our counseling team has been visiting with students. High school principal has been visiting with students as well, so we are resilient. We are working through this, and we’re anticipating that we’re going to be okay.”

Smith said their last varsity football game of the season is on Thursday due to weather, and the cheerleaders that feel able to participate will be there supporting the team.

“We say that we act like a family and work like a team, and so we’ve been embracing one another, supporting one another, and making sure resources are available for those that need it.”

Elkhart students involved in a bus wreck Friday have all been released from the hospital.

Related: