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Driver inattention contributed to bus wreck Monday in east Fort Worth

FORT WORTH -- Driver inattention resulted in the wreck Monday of a Fort Worth school bus that was transporting eight special-needs students, according to a police report.

None of the children were hurt, but an adult attendant on the bus was taken to the hospital for evaluation after she felt back pain.

The wreck happened about 3 p.m. Monday when the bus hit a tree in the 400 block of Cooks Lane in east Fort Worth, police said.

The bus had just left Lowery Road Elementary School, 7600 Lowery Road, which is about a half-mile from where the wreck occurred.

The bus was northbound when, according to the police report, "the driver reached to her left to turn on the rear heater, and ran off the right side of Cooks Lane."

The report also stated that the bus "then struck and tree and stopped in the side ditch."

An ambulance crew took the attendant to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth, but her condition was unavailable Tuesday.

The driver also reported having some back pain, but she declined to go to the hospital, said Clint Bond, spokesman for the Fort Worth Independent School District.

Some of the students could not walk because of their special conditions, but all were seat-belted inside the bus, Bond said.

The students either continued home on another bus, or their families picked them up at the scene, Bond said.

Police did not plan to file any citations related to the wreck, said Sgt. Chad Mahaffey, police spokesman.

"It was the investigating officer's decision that no citations be issued," Mahaffey said. "I think it's important to remember that not every (wreck) will result in a citation."

Mahaffey added, however, that the school district would conduct its own administrative investigation.

That investigation was still underway Tuesday, Bond said.

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