• June 08, 2022

Jacob Ryan Garcia, Children Injured in Bus Accident in Austin, TX

Austin, TX -- May 23, 2022, Jacob Ryan Garcia and adolescents were injured due to an accident between a school bus and a car.

Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 7:05 a.m. at the intersection of Bradshaw Lane and Lehman Way Drive.

According to officials, 30-year-old Jacob Ryan Garcia was in a Toyota Corolla traveling westbound along Bradshaw Lane. Ahead, a school bus was leaving the Wayside Schools Bradshaw Campus. The driver somehow did not see Garcia's vehicle, made a turn, and the two vehicles then collided.

Garcia reportedly had incapacitating injuries due to the crash. The bus driver and approximately six children on the bus were said to have possible injuries. Police say they're looking into distraction as a possible cause of the collision.

Commentary on Jacob Ryan Garcia Bus Accident in Austin

Our laws hold commercial drivers to a high standard, and held to just about the highest standard are bus drivers. They're in charge of the most important cargo, and that's far from an exception for school buses. One has to wonder, then, how a seemingly avoidable crash like this could occur.

Jacob Ryan Garcia, Children Injured in Bus Accident in Austin, TX

Maybe something highly unusual led to the driver not seeing the car approaching. Perhaps something about this driveway makes it unreasonably dangerous, or perhaps something was wrong with the bus itself. Most of the time, however, investigations show the driver was on their phone or simply not paying enough attention.

For example, one thing to consider which reports don't touch on is the experience and training of the bus driver involved. Is this someone who made an unpredictable mistake, or was someone without the proper skills to safely operate a bus put in charge of transporting a bunch of kids to and from school? I doubt I'm the only one who thinks there need to be some serious answers about what all went wrong here, and these preliminary reports seem to barely scratch the surface.

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