18-Wheeler Hits School Bus, 4 Students Injured on FM 1488 in Waller, TX
Waller, TX — September 26, 2022, four Waller ISD students were hospitalized after an 18-wheeler crashed with their bus on FM 1488 in Waller.
Authorities say the incident happened Monday morning along FM 1488 at Kickapoo Road. Preliminary investigation suggests Waller ISD Bus 231 was headed west toward Waller High School when it reached Kickapoo and stopped to turn left. Reports suggest an eastbound tractor-trailer crossed into the bus's lane for unknown reasons and crashed into it head-on.
Four students of the 28 aboard the bus were transported to an area hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. No other injuries were reported.
The investigation continues but preliminary reports say the bus driver was not at fault.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on School Bus Accident on FM 1488 in Waller
It sounds from reports like the truck driver is thought to be at fault here. If they really did cross into the oncoming lane at that intersection, how much more could there really be to say, right? Surely the driver and the company behind them would have to take responsibility and try to help the people hurt in the wreck.
That may sound right on paper, but things are rarely that simple after a commercial wreck. Trucking companies rarely if ever just accept liability and do the right thing without some serious arm-twisting and enough clear evidence that they stand no chance of squirming away. Sometimes police are thorough enough to get that evidence, but there's a reason I often recommend that crash victims and their families work with independent investigators to get the whole story.
Some may not see all that extra footwork as necessary if the injuries sustained really were "non-life-threatening." I'd argue a) that term can mean a lot of different things and b) kids' bodies handle injuries differently as they're still growing and changing. A bang-up that adults bounce back from may heal incorrectly if it doesn't get the right attention, which can cause serious problems down the road--once it's too late to hold the at-fault parties accountable.
I'm not predicting doom and gloom in the Waller crash, and I truly hope those four students escaped serious harm. I just think it's always best to investigate carefully and gather the needed facts on the off-chance that things take a turn. At worst parents would be over-prepared for nothing, and that's always preferable to the opposite.