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SUV crashes into bus carrying 37 students Thursday
Polk County Enterprise - April 2009
LIVINGSTON – A Ford Bronco collided with a school bus Thursday afternoon, sending five people, including two children, to the hospital, according to the Texas Highway Patrol. A 2001 International school bus, driven by 39-year-old Cynthia K. Nelms of Livingston and owned by the Livingston ISD, was stopped southbound on Hwy. 146, awaiting traffic to clear before turning left onto Somerhill Manor Drive, according to a preliminary report filed by Trooper Robert Akers. He said a southbound 1988 Bronco driven by Alice Charlene Emerson, 57, of Livingston, failed to control speed and struck the rear of the bus. Three people in the Bronco, including the driver, 27-year-old Amber Wardrup and passenger 28-year-old Thomas Johnson, both of Livingston – were listed with non-incapacitating injuries and were transported by ambulance to Memorial Medical Center in Livingston. Investigation was continuing Friday, but preliminary information from the trooper indicated two of the 37 passengers in the bus were taken to the hospital, one by ambulance and the other by private vehicle. The ages of the injured children were unavailable at press time. One LifeFlight helicopter from Memorial Hermann Hospital responded to the scene, along with several staff members from the school district — including Superintendent Dr. Darrell Myers. They were at the scene to help transfer students to another bus to continue their trip home. Some students were released to parents at the scene after they were triaged by emergency personnel. No charges have been filed in connection with the accident, which occurred at 3:23 p.m., 3.9 miles south of Livingston.