Dead, 3 Injured in Church Bus, Truck Collision in Texas

Thirteen members of a church choir were killed when their bus collided head-on with a pickup truck Wednesday afternoon in Texas.

Sgt. Orlando Moreno of the public safety department told reporters that 12 people, including the bus driver, died at the scene.

DPS continues to investigate the cause of the crash and the National Transportation Safety Board was expected at the scene Thursday morning. Then, the woman called back and said the truck that had been driving erratically had struck another vehicle before reaching Real County, Johnson said. "We understand there have been some fatalities", the post said.

The church is bringing grief counselors in on Thursday for those who may need their services. Even though their members weren't the ones directly affected, they say their hearts hurt just as much for those families who lost loved ones.

First Baptist has a 15 and a 30 person bus, as News Five spoke with the church's pastor, Marvin Cameron, their large bus was on a trip with a group of senior citizens. Twenty-one-year-old Amity Dohoney told San Antonio Express-News that he'd taught her 7th and 8th grade math, and they remained close through the church.

MySanAntonio.com reported that the accident happened around 2 p.m. on Highway 83, when a van carrying seniors from the Alto Frio Baptist Camp and Conference Center collided with another vehicle.

Another church member, Nancy Lacey, said: 'We know that everybody on that bus knew the Lord and we know we will be able to see them again'. And although they last saw one another in September, the spoke often by phone - most recently last week, Schwope said. The lone surviving passenger was hospitalized in critical condition, while the truck driver was hospitalized in stable condition, he said.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and his wife, Cecilia, offered their condolences in the hours after the crash. "We thank the first responders working on the scene in the wake of this unimaginable tragedy, and ask that all Texans join us in offering their thoughts and prayers".

The bus driver was among those killed. Out of respect for the families, we will wait until tomorrow to publish an official statement and list of names.

"Our church family is doing what church families do", Pastor Brad McClean said.

  • Leroy Wright