An 18-wheeler crashed into a car and a school bus in East Texas Thursday evening, killing a coach and the driver of the 18-wheeler. The crash happened about 100 miles north east of Dallas, about 10 miles north of Mt. Pleasant, Texas, and one mile south of Talco, Texas.
The truck was headed north on U.S. 271 when it swerved into the southbound lanes of the highway, striking the school bus, which was carrying the men’s track team for Mt. Pleasant ISD. The truck also struck a passenger vehicle, which was being driven by Angelica Beard, one of the assistant coaches for the women’s track team, killing her. The superintendent of Mt. Pleasant ISD said that the school bus driver, one of the coaches, was able to swerve the bus to avoid a direct, head-on collision. The women’s track team bus was several miles behind the men’s track team bus at the time of the crash.
The school bus was carrying 32 Mt. Pleasant ISD students and two coaches back from a track meet in Paris, Texas. The bus was about ten miles from its destination when the crash happened. Two coaches and 18 of the 32 students were injured in the crash, with one coach and one student being airlifted in severe condition to Parkland hospital in Dallas.
The driver of the 18-wheeler was 50-year-old Bradley Ray Farmer, of Bogard, Missouri.
Glasheen, Valles & Inderman represented four students involved in a semi-truck-school-bus wreck in 2010 near Big Lake, Texas. In that case, the truck driver fell asleep at the wheel and his truck rear ended a school bus. Our clients had multiple injuries including broken legs. We hired sleep deprivation experts and truck driving experts to show the nature and dangers of driving while fatigued. We located several former employees of the defendant who testified that driving fatigue was a regular problem that went unaddressed. With the help of our team, our clients received the best orthopedic medical care and therapy. We helped our clients structure the settlement to ensure that the children will have an opportunity to attend any college and helped them establish a secure lifetime income. Glasheen, Valles & Inderman obtained a $6.28 Million jury verdict in October in a case involving a semi truck rear-ending a passenger vehicle causing permanent paralysis.