A Yoakum school bus driver was ticketed after a crash with an 18-wheeler that sent 15 kids to the hospital.

Yoakum police officers ticketed the driver for failing to yield to the passing tractor-trailer, said Police Chief Karl Van Slooten.

None of those examined at the hospital suffered severe injuries.

The police chief declined to reveal the bus driver’s name because the investigation was ongoing.

About 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, the bus and tractor-trailer collided near the Yoakum Primary School Annex, 412 Simpson St., as the bus pulled out from a stop sign.

Yoakum ISD Superintendent Tom Kelley said he didn’t blame the bus driver for the crash. Instead, he said, the crash was caused by sunlight that is notoriously blinding at that intersection at that time of day.

Kelley said the driver is experienced, excellent and well-liked by students and will not be reprimanded.

“The sun created a major issue for him,” Kelley said.

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Jon Wilcox reports on courts for the Victoria Advocate. He may be reached or 361-580-6515.

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Jon covers crime, public safety and the courts at the Victoria Advocate. Born in Huntsville, Ala., he grew up in Atlanta, Ga. and obtained a bachelor's degree in journalism at Texas State University.

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