POLK COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A 32-year-old Texas City man was airlifted to a Houston hospital for treatment of his injuries following a two-vehicle wreck involving a Livingston ISD school bus on U.S. Highway 59 South that occurred early Thursday morning.
None of the students on the bus or the bus driver were injured in the collision.
"We report to you that this morning there was a bus accident resulting in serious injury to the driver of a passenger vehicle," Dr. Brent Hawkins, Livingston ISD's superintendent, wrote in a letter to parents. "All students were evaluated at the scene by first responders, and some were released to their parents while some were transported to their campuses. Thankffully, all of the students are OK at this time."
According to a press release from the Texas Department of Public Safety, the wreck occurred about a mile south of Livingston at about 6:20 a.m.
The preliminary crash investigation shows that a 2004 International school bus driven by Lana Smith, 46, of Trinity, was slowing down to pick up a passenger when it was struck from behind by a 2010 Mitsubishi passenger car driven by Rocio Rosencrants. The bus had its yellow flashing lights turned on, according to the press release.
Rosencrants was airlifted by helicopter to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston for treatment of unknown injuries.
The wreck is still under investigation.
"Livingston ISD would like to express its gratitude to all of the first responders, medical personnel, parents, students, friends, and community members who provided their extraordinary assistance to our students and bus driver," Hawkins said.