Two people are dead — including an assistant coach — and 18 students hospitalized after a tractor-trailer crashed into a school bus occupied by a high school boys track team in East Texas, according to media reports.
After a track meet, the Pleasant school district bus was traveling south on U.S. 271, about 10 miles north of Mount Pleasant, when a northbound tractor-trailer swerved into the oncoming lane about 10:45 p.m. Thursday, KYTX-TV reported. The bus driver swerved to avoid a head-on collision, but the truck hit the bus, causing it to roll, and then hit the sedan driving behind the bus.
The truck driver and the sedan driver — a girls track team assistant coach identified as Angelica Beard, 30 — died in the crash, according to KLTV.
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As many as 17 students were taken to nearby hospitals, and four coaches were also hospitalized, KLTV reported. The girls’ track team bus was a few miles behind and not involved in the crash.