Two Norman, Oklahoma elementary school teachers and five female students remained hospitalized Monday in separate Temple hospitals, after Saturday's school bus crash north of Lampasas by the city airport. The other 19 girls on the bus were released from hospitals and returned home. The report came from Trooper V Michael Tatum of the Texas Department of Public Safety.
The bus was carrying 24 elementary-age girls and the teachers when it hydoplaned and went out of control on U.S. Highway 281. The bus rolled over one time and crashed into a fence before the vehicle came to rest. It was drizzling at the time of the wreck.
Two of the girls suffered severe head trauma, officials said.
The bus driver, who also is the school principal, was uninjured.
A second Norman school bus, carrying 24 male students, was not involved in the wreck. The buses were en route to Sea World in San Antonio as part of an annual field trip when the crash occurred.
Eighteen ambulances from multiple cities responded and took patients to area hospitals, Lampasas Fire Chief Reece Oestreich said.
Lampasas Police Department Assistant Chief Jody Cummings was quoted in the Norman (Oklahoma) Transcript as saying, "No fatalities, but significant bruising, scraping and possible broken bones. Every student was triaged on scene, but every kid is going to a hospital for secondary treatment or analysis.”
A portion of U.S. 281 was closed for hours, after the wreck occurred at 3:18 p.m.
Two emergency helicopters were requested but were unable to assist because of weather conditions.
Acadian Ambulance Service, LPD, Lampasas Fire Department, Lampasas Volunteer Fire Department, Lampasas County Sheriff's Office, DPS, Texas Parks and Wildlife, Texas Department of Transportation, Adamsville Volunteer Fire Department, Burnet Fire Department, Copperas Cove Fire Department, Killeen Fire Department and units from Fort Hood, Temple and Marble Falls responded. Kempner Volunteer Fire Department helped cover Lampasas while LFD was working the scene.
The boys' bus was escorted by Sheriff Jess Ramos to Bozarth-Fowler Gym at Lampasas Middle School, where the students awaited the arrival of a charter school bus from Norman to pick them up, Lampasas ISD Superintendent Dr. Chane Rascoe said. Some parents of students were expected to drive to Lampasas to pick up students as well.
Complete coverage of the crash will be in Tuesday's Lampasas Dispatch Record print edition.