On March 24, 2017 students from Pleasant High School were returning home after a track meet. The bus was carrying 32 students. An 18-wheeler owned by Rooney Trucking sideswiped the Mount Pleasant High School bus and the collision resulted in the deaths of two people.
On April 5, 2017, a school bus carrying forty-four students from Beaumont's Charlton-Pollard Elementary School was involved in a crash with a pickup truck and an eighteen-wheeler.
Fifteen charter bus passengers filed suit following a collision at a train crossing that left forty injured and another four dead. The lawsuit seeks more than $250 million in damages on negligence and product liability claims against the bus, tour, and train companies involved.
On Wednesday, a church van carrying fourteen members back from a spring retreat was involved in a head-on-collision. The collision resulted in thirteen fatalities. The accident occurred around 12:30 p.m. on U.S. 83 outside Garner State Park, about 75 miles west of San Antonio. Two of the victims were transported to University Hospital in San Antonio for treatment after the crash, however, one of those victims passed away late Wednesday night. One other victim was taken to San Antonio Military Medical Center.
On March 7, 2017, a tour bus carrying senior citizens from Texas was hit by a train in Biloxi, Mississippi. The bus had come from the Austin area and was transporting passengers to one of Biloxi's casinos. Four people died as a result of the crash. Those killed have been identified as Peggy and Ken Hoffman from Lockhart, Texas, Clinton Havran of Sealy, Texas, and Deborah Orr of Bastron, Texas. Thirty-five people were hospitalized.
Two bus crashes made today's news.
The families of three of the victims are suing the company that made the bus after their daughters died in a bus crash. In September of 2014, the North Central Texas College women's softball team was returning to Texas after a scrimmage in Bethany against Southern Nazarene University. After the scrimmage, the team boarded a bus and headed back to Texas. Around 9 p.m., their bus was hit by a semi-truck. The 32-passenger bus rolled onto its side after the 18-wheeler crossed the median of Interstate 35 in Oklahoma.
On Tuesday around 6:30 pm, a Metro bus making a turn on Milam and Congress Street struck 36-year-old Michael Kenneth Unfried of Pasadena. Mr. Unfried died at the scene and is survived by his two children, ages 10 and 17. Prior to the incident, Mr. Unfried had been crossing the intersection, though it is still unclear whether he was on the crosswalk or not, when the bus turned and hit him. While the surveillance video of the incident is still being reviewed, it is believed Mr. Unfried was in the driver's blind spot. The father of two had a career in the computer field and worked for the county. There were no other reported injuries, as the bus wasn't carrying other passengers.
The Texas Department of Public Safety is investigating a bus crash that involved two passenger buses and a semi-truck that occurred on December 21, 2016. Thirteen people were taken to the hospital.
Early in the morning on Friday, December 16, 2016, a prison bus crashed in Willacy County, Texas carrying sixteen prisoners and two correctional officers. Of those, sixteen were taken to the hospital due to their injuries. Early reports indicate that the bus swerved to avoid yet another crash that the bus was approaching. As a result the bus careened off of the road and into a pole. The bus was laid onto its side with injured prisoners still shackled inside.