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Students escape injury in collision
by Gary Kent
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Highway Patrol Trooper Marvin Baker, behind the truck, makes a final check of a bus-truck collision scene two miles north of Skidmore Tuesday morning before allowing a tow truck driver to take the vehicle. Eleven students, ranging in age from 5 to 17 years old, were in class in Skidmore shortly after the bus was hit by the oil field truck. No one on the bus was injured.
Gary Kent photo Highway Patrol Trooper Marvin Baker, behind the truck, makes a final check of a bus-truck collision scene two miles north of Skidmore Tuesday morning before allowing a tow truck driver to take the vehicle. Eleven students, ranging in age from 5 to 17 years old, were in class in Skidmore shortly after the bus was hit by the oil field truck. No one on the bus was injured.
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SKIDMORE – Eleven Skidmore-Tynan Independent School District students were safe in their classrooms Tuesday morning, not long after the bus in which they were riding was struck by an oil field truck just north of Skidmore.

Highway Patrol Trooper Marvin Baker said the bus had just turned north onto U.S. Highway 181 about two miles north of Skidmore when the accident took place at 6:50 a.m.

A 2007 Freightliner truck owned by the Wichita Falls company, Advanced Hydrostatic Services, collided with the back end of the International bus.

Baker said the driver of the truck, 21-year-old Juan Perez of Agua Dulce, realized he was about to hit the bus, and he swerved to the left. The right front quadrant of the vehicle was seriously damaged in the impact.

Perez and his passenger, 21-year-old Devin Young of Alice, were both taken to Christus Spohn Hospital Beeville to be checked out for possible injuries.

Baker said Perez was complaining of abdominal pain, and Young was having pain in his right hip.

The trooper said Perez was cited for failure to control speed.

Baker said the children on board the bus ranged in age from 5 to 17 years. All were promptly taken to their classrooms.

The accident caused a backup in northbound traffic through Skidmore for some time as emergency personnel cleaned up the debris.

This wreck comes on the heels of another wreck not far away that left three men dead.

On Jan. 30, a white passenger van in which the men were traveling collided with a Three Rivers ISD school bus on State Highway 72W — about four miles west of Three Rivers.

The 12 children on the bus suffered only minor injuries, authorities reported.

The three men were pronounced dead at the scene, according to Charlie Ramirez, a Corpus Christi-based senior corporal for the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Ramirez said the Ford E350 passenger van in which seven men were traveling was heading eastbound on Hwy 72 when it struck the rear of the school bus with the left driver side of the van.

Fatigue is suspected to have been a factor in the accident.

The bus had stopped because the driver was waiting for another vehicle to exit Lago Vista RV Park due to a narrow entrance, authorities said.

Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.
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