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Temple school bus accident victim in Ft. Worth rehab

Elementary and middle school students were aboard a school bus in January when a Lowe’s delivery truck blew through a stop sign in Temple, Texas. The truck accident caused the school bus to flip over and led to more than 30 injuries. Three adults and 29 students were hospitalized. The bus driver remains in serious condition at Scott & White Hospital in Temple.

The greatest injuries were suffered by a 14-year-old middle school student and the driver of the Academy ISD school bus. The eighth grader’s back was broken in bus crash along FM 93 at Old Highway 95.

After a three-day stay in intensive care followed by surgery, the 14-year-old was transferred to a Fort Worth rehabilitation facility. She will undergo at least a month of treatment.

The family of the middle school student recently held a fundraiser to help pay for the girl’s long recovery. Rehabilitation will continue for several months and will coincide with a recovery period for the girl’s mother.

The mother is a U.S. Navy veteran who injured her back while in service on an FA-18 jet. She will undergo her own back surgery within the next few months.

The Texas Department of Public Safety issued a traffic citation to the delivery truck operator responsible for the school bus accident. The truck driver was charged with failure to observe a stop sign. His name is being withheld by authorities.

The truck driver and a passenger in the work vehicle also suffered injuries in the crash.

Source: kwtx.com, "Girl Injured In Truck-Bus Crash Moved From Local Hospital To Rehab," Jan. 31, 2012

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