Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

December 13, 2013

MWISD Bus #32 children released from hospital

Nine students released after being treated for minor injuries

Mineral Wells Index

— Nine Mineral Wells ISD children ages 7-12 riding on Bus #32 Friday morning have been released from Palo Pinto General Hospital after an early-morning hit-and-run accident, according to district spokeperson Karyn Bullock.

Bullock also said the driver has been apprehended and in police custody.

Bullock said 15 children were on the bus and that the other six children were either released to another bus or into custody of their parents.

"One of the nine children was sent to the hospital because we could not get in touch with a parent," Bullcok said. "So as a precautionary measure we sent the child to the hospital.

The accident, which occurred at the corner of FM 1195 and MH 379, was caused by a hit-and-run driver who was later apprehended later after abandoning his vehicle.

Bullock said the bus driver was not at fault and responded properly.

"Student safety is our top priority,"Bullock said. "Our bus drivers make every effort  to safely transport our students to their respective campuses each and every day.

"We were very fortunate that our students were not seriously injured. Student safety is always a top priority at Mineral Wells ISD.

"We are committed to providing our students with safe, well-trained school bus drivers. Our bus drivers make every effort to deliver our students safely and on time to their destinations each and every day. 

"Our school and district staff is always available for any support in this regard."

For more see Sunday's Index.