According to Dallasnews.com, a Mount Pleasant High School track coach and one other person were killed when an 18-wheeler headed north on U.S. 271 swerved into southbound lanes and struck the boy’s team bus. Along with two confirmed fatalities, at least 18 high schoolers were injured in the crash. The 18-wheeler also struck the car behind the bus, which was driven by one of the team’s assistant coaches. The female driver died in the crash.
The driver of the 18-wheeler was also killed in the crash.
The team was returning from a track meet in Paris, Texas, according to Mt. Pleasant Independent School District Superintendent Judd Marshall. In all, 18 of 32 students on board the bus were injured, with one coach and one student transported to nearby Tyler hospitals by helicopter and described as being in “severe” condition.
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