Bus carrying West drill team veers off road, gets stuck in mud
July 11, 2012 at 2:11 a.m.
Updated July 12, 2012 at 2:12 a.m.
A Victoria school district bus carrying members of the Victoria West High School Legacy Drill Team to a camp near New Braunfels veered off a paved surface and became stuck in the mud Wednesday morning.
No students or adult passengers were injured in the incident outside of Gonzales on U.S. Highway 183.
Witnesses said the bus lost control after a tractor-trailer tried to pass and nearly struck the bus. The driver attempted to drift to miss the truck.
There was not enough shoulder to accommodate the bus, and it became stuck in the mud.
The front door was jammed in the street, forcing the team to exit out the back.
Students from East High School were on another bus going to the same camp and picked up the West High School passengers.
Emergency medical personnel checked out the 27 passengers on the bus before all were allowed to continue the trip. The driver, a 20-year veteran of VISD's Transportation Department, was also uninjured.
Ashley Powell, director of the drill team, could not be reached for comment.
A tow truck was called to free the bus from the mud. After a thorough inspection, the bus will return to the Victoria school district's fleet.