JASPER COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - After the Texas Department of Public Safety wrapped up its investigation of a March 31 rollover wreck involving a Woodville ISD school bus, the driver was cited for traveling at an unsafe speed for the road and weather conditions.
Trooper Stephanie Davis, a DPS spokeswoman, said Wednesday that the Woodville ISD school bus had been traveling east on FM 1013 in Jasper County when the accident occurred on March 31. After the bus left the road and went into a ditch, it rolled over several times before it came to rest in an open field, Davis said.
Davis said the DPS trooper who investigated the accident determined that Brett Tucker, 29, of Cushing, was traveling at an unsafe speed for the rad and weather conditions. She said Tucker was given a ticket for unsafe speed.
On April 1, Woodville ISD Superintendent Glen Conner said there were 29 students and two coaches, including Tucker, in the bus when the accident occurred. Two of the students were airlifted to a Houston hospital for treatment of their injuries. All of the people injured in the hospital had been release from the hospital as of last Saturday.
"When we got there, my heart just almost stopped. To see that bus, we thought we were going to see body bags," said Nan Coward, the guardian of one of the students on the bus.
Zackary Martin was one of the students on the bus.
"I just thank the Lord that I am still here," Martin said. "All I remember was I was asleep and I woke up and we were sliding. We tried to get back on the road and we started slipping. It was a scary moment."
Martin had no serious injuries and said the scene was hard to describe.
"I just remember everybody crying, and I went into shock," Martin said.