School bus crashes off overpass in San Antonio

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by Kens5.com staff

kvue.com

Posted on October 5, 2012 at 8:24 AM

Updated Monday, Nov 25 at 2:45 AM

SAN ANTONIO -- A 7-year-old boy and two adults are recovering in the hospital after a school bus plunged off an I-37 overpass in the downtown area, police say.

Leslie Price, spokeswoman for the San Antonio Independent School District, said the bus is for special needs students. However, it was not immediately known if the child on the bus was a special needs student.

San Antonio police Sgt. Javier Salazar said the northbound bus plunged about 15 feet to the access road below after colliding with a car around 4:30 p.m.

All three were taken to University Hospital in stable condition.

"The two adults suffered possibly some broken bones and the child, from what I understand, just some minor facial injuries," Salazar said.

The bus sustained heavy damage to the front end after smashing into the concrete near the Comfort Inn Suites, 505 Live Oak -- about a half mile north of the Alamodome.

The accident snarled traffic during rush hours as crews worked to clear the other vehicle from the roadway.

The driver of that vehicle was uninjured, police said.

The hotel manager said no guests were injured.

Thursday's crash marks the second school-bus involved accident for the San Antonio ISD this week.

On Monday, a San Antonio Independent School bus crashed into a Judson ISD bus near Wagner high school on Foster Road. Police said the driver, 63-year-old Delores Martinez, swerved into oncoming traffic and slammed into the other bus head on.

Martinez died at the scene, police said, while the other Judson ISD bus driver and two students were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

According to recent figures, the San Antonio ISD reported 60 school bus-involved accidents in the 2011 school year. The Northside ISD, which is of similar size, reported 78.

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