• May 16, 2022

One Injured in Crash with School Bus on Shiloh St in Laredo, TX

Laredo, TX -- May 13, 2022, a woman was hospitalized after her vehicle was hit by a school bus on Shiloh Drive in Laredo.

Authorities say the incident happened Friday morning at the intersection of Shiloh and Navajo Lane. Preliminary investigation suggests a school bus was carrying students from Elias Herrera Middle School when it hit a teacher’s vehicle.

The teacher was transported from the scene for evaluation and treatment of unspecified injuries. No one aboard the bus was reported as injured.

The bus driver cited for failure to control speed and will be tested for impairment.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on School Bus Accident on Shiloh Drive in Laredo

There's a lot of missing information here about what happened and why, but the narrative of "bus hits car" doesn't tell anyone nearly enough to draw any reasonable conclusions. Reports mentioned toxicology tests but that may just be a matter of routine and shouldn't be read into.

It does seem clear however that the bus driver, cited for failing to control speed, is considered to be at fault. The school district may feel differently about that, as government agencies are typically just as bad if not worse than private companies about admitting blame. The most important thing to make sure the right parties are held accountable and justice is served is to conduct a careful investigation that finds all the facts. Exactly how the did the vehicles collide? How fast were both traveling? Was each driver clearly visible to the other? If the bus hit the teacher's car as described, why did that happen? Was the bus in good repair? Was the bus driver's attention elsewhere? Is there anything wrong with the roads in that area?

That's just a handful of the questions that need review and answers when painting a clearer picture. That's an important step to take to be sure the victim gets the help they deserve. Without adequate proof, the school district may be inclined to fight any allegations that their employee was in the wrong (the victim being a fellow employee won't make that much of a difference). If there are any concerns about the right thing being done here, the best way to overcome disputes or deflections would be to find clear and indisputable evidence. Police don't always go the extra mile to get that, however, so in many cases victims are better off seeking the help of independent investigators. Will those steps be needed here?

One Injured in Crash with School Bus on Shiloh St in Laredo, TX

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