UPDATE: At least 3 killed in fiery I-20 crash involving Andrews ISD bus in West Texas


BIG SPRING, Texas (Nexstar/KMID)- UPDATE: According to DPS spokesman Justin Baker, the driver of a Ford F-350 that collided with an Andrews ISD bus has died. Additionally, two adults aboard the lead Andrews ISD bus have died, investigators said in a news conference Friday evening. One aboard the bus died on the scene, the other was airlifted to a Lubbock hospital and died after arriving.

11 students and one other adult aboard the school bus have been taken to Scenic Mountain Medical Center in Big Spring where they are being treated for non-life threatening injuries.

“Being a parent myself…this is one of those moments you never want to think of, you never want to get that phone call. And our hearts go out to the community,” Baker said.

The names of those injured have not been released. The investigation into the crash is on-going.

State Representative Brooks Landgraf has provided more details into the fiery crash that left at least two people dead. Landgraf said he was told by DPS that a wrong way driver hit an Andrews ISD bus head-on, the driver of that vehicle is believed to have died in the crash.

Landgraf said no students were killed in the crash, but some were taken to the hospital with injuries. At least one other adult was killed in the crash.

“Please join (wife) Shelby and me in praying for everyone involved, everyone waiting for information, and everyone grieving. The wonderful community of Andrews can use every bit of support we can give right now. Lastly, thank you to the hard-working women and men of the Texas Department of Public Safety and other first responders for working so diligently on the scene and helping to save lives,” Landgraf said in a Facebook post. 

Senator Ted Cruz echoed Landgraf in a statement which said, “Heidi (wife) and I are praying for the Andrews ISD community, especially for those involved in the horrendous school bus crash near Big Spring. May they find comfort during these tragic times.”

Governor Abbott said of the crash, “Our hearts go out to those who were injured or lost their lives in the bus crash in Big Spring, and we grieve for the families of those taken too soon. The Texas Department of Public Safety is working closely with local officials to investigate this accident, and the State of Texas is ready to provide any additional resources and support needed to Andrews ISD, Big Spring, and those affected by this tragedy. I thank the first responders who rushed to the scene to help those involved in the crash, and I ask Texans to join me and Cecilia in prayer for those involved in this horrific accident.” 

BIG SPRING, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) — No students on the Andrews ISD band bus involved in a fiery crash in West Texas Friday are among two who died, but 13 have been hospitalized, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

In a news conference Friday night, DPS says a Ford F-350 was driving the wrong way on Interstate 20 when it collided head on with an Andrews ISD bus that was carrying band members to a playoff football game in Sweetwater.

A second Andrews ISD bus was also involved in the crash and sustained minor damage, but a third was not involved in the accident.

DPS says the driver of the Ford F-350 that caught fire after the crash was pronounced dead at the scene.

An adult on the first Andrews ISD bus was airlifted to a nearby hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

DPS says two students from the first bus were also airlifted and are currently in critical but stable condition.

There were 11 students and one other adult from the second bus who were also hospitalized with minor injuries, DPS says.

The identities of those killed have not yet been released, as DPS awaits next of kin notification.

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