LUMBERTON - A Beaumont school bus carrying elementary students back from a field trip was involved in a wreck with with a Dodge pick-up truck and a big rig tractor Wednesday afternoon in Lumberton.
The accident happened just before 2:00p.m on U.S. 69 at West Walton Road and so far no one has been cited as officers continue to investigate according to Lumberton Police Chief Danny Sullins.
The bus was carrying fourth grade students back to Charlton-pollard Elementary School in Beaumont after a field trip to the Big Thicket National Preserve according to the Beaumont Independent School District.
There were 43 children and five adults aboard the bus. The truck tractor and pickup each had single occupants according to Lumberton Police Chief Danny Sullins.
The children, ages ranging between 9 and 10 years old were coming home from a field trip to the Big Thicket.
Texas DPS Troopers and Hardin County Sheriff’s Deputies assisted Lumberton Officers at the scene.
Officers are still investigating, but Sullins states that it appears that the bus struck the rear of the truck tractor then the Dodge pickup. The bus then crossed over the North bound lanes of traffic and came to a stop in the ditch on the North bound side of highway 69.
The bus was equipped with on-board video recording equipment. Lumberton Police are in possession of that equipment and will be attempting to review the video.
A total of 25 persons were transported to Beaumont hospitals by Lumberton EMS, Acadian EMS and City of Beaumont EMS according to Sullins.
Five students and two adults were treated at Baptist Hospital of Southeast Texas. Ten students and one adult were treated at Christus St Elizabeth Hospital. Four students and one adult were treated at the Medical Center of Southeast Texas's Victory Campus. One adult is still being held for observation at a Beaumont hospital.
One student was flown by medical helicopter to Houston for treatment according to BISD spokesperson Nakisha Burns. The student suffered a head injury and is in serious but stable condition according to Christus St Elizabeth Hospital director of critical and emergency care Laura Adler.
Three students were taken back to their school in Beaumont by the Lumberton ISD transportation director and the rest of the students were signed out at the scene by their parents Burns said.
Most of the injured treated at Christus St. Elizabeth, which included a parent, were bruised and being checked for broken bones but their injuries were not life-threatening according to Adler.
At least eight ambulances from Lumberton EMS, Acadian Ambulance and Beaumont EMS responded along with the Lumberton Fire Department to the scene of the wreck.
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