MT. PLEASANT, Tx. — A man from Bogard lost his life in a head-on collision with a school bus carrying a boys high school track team near a rural Texas town just before 11:00 p.m. Thursday.
A report from the Texas Department of Public Safety indicates that a tractor trailer, driven by Bradley Ray Farmer, 50, of Bogard, was northbound on Highway 271 near Mt. Pleasant, Texas, a town with a population just over 15,000 about 100 miles northeast of Dallas.
The crash happened when Farmer’s semi swerved into the southbound lane of traffic and collided with a school bus carrying the boys track team from the Mt. Pleasant Independent School. Farmer was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.
Fox 4 News in Dallas has reported that at least 18 students were injured when the crash caused the school bus to allegedly flip over at least once, landing on its side. Reports also indicate that at least one student on the bus was seriously injured.
Photos from the scene show a massive amount of damage to the cab of Farmer’s truck, where he was located when the crash happened at approximately 10:45 p.m. Thursday.
The track team’s coaching assistant, Angelica Beard, 30, of Mt. Pleasant, Tx, was driving behind the bus in her own vehicle when the crash happened, according to reports. She was unable to stop in time to avoid the crash, which happened directly in front of her, and ran directly into the rear of the bus.
Beard was killed in the collision as well.
The Texas Department of Public Safety is investigating why Farmer swerved into the lane of oncoming traffic where the school bus and Beard’s vehicle were traveling. The inquiry is ongoing.