An Andrews ISD band bus was hit by a pickup truck driving the wrong way on I-20. The crash occurred on Friday, November 19th, in Big Spring, Texas.
The driver of the pickup truck died at the scene, and two adults on the bus have died from their injuries.
The Fiery Crash
On Friday morning, three Andrews ISD charter buses were heading eastbound on I-20 when a Ford F-350 entered I-20 traveling west in the eastbound lane. The pickup truck hit the first charter bus head-on, which then led to a secondary crash with the second charter bus.
The third charter bus was not hit at all during this crash.
The crash left the Ford F-350 truck mangled and on fire. According to the Big Spring mayor, the Big Spring Fire Department responded to the scene along with multiple ambulances.
There were 25 students and 3 adults on the first charter bus that was hit head-on. After the crash, 2 students and 1 adult were airlifted to a nearby hospital. The 2 students are in critical but stable condition.
11 students and 1 adult were transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Many of those students have been released and reunited with their family members.
There is no known reason why the driver of the Ford F-350 was driving the wrong way on I-20.
Crash Fire Safety
Although vehicle crash fires are relatively uncommon, it’s important to know how to keep yourself and your passengers safe in the event of a vehicle fire. Following these fire safety steps can allow you and your loved ones to safely escape your car fire.
- Turn off the ignition — Turning the ignition off will stop the flow of gas to the engine. The electrical system will also be shut off which can reduce the chances of the fire spreading.
- Remove all passengers from the vehicle — Removing yourself and all the passengers from the vehicle is the top priority in the case of a fire. If you’re trapped inside the car, do whatever is possible to release yourself. There are special tools you can keep in your car that can help you escape a dangerous situation.
- Get as far away from the car as possible — Once everyone is safely out of the vehicle, get at least 100 feet away from the fire. When you are at a safe distance from the vehicle, call emergency services and alert bystanders to keep their distance as well.
If you are ever in a car crash that results in a fire, follow these steps to safety and call emergency services as quickly as possible. These medical professionals are trained in fire safety and can put out the fire before it spreads to others on the road.