School Bus Driver: I Fell Off My Seat Before Crash

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    The school bus driver who crashed into a home says she slid off her seat and then accidentally hit the accelerator.

    The Wylie school bus driver who crashed into a home Tuesday said the wreck happened after she slid off her seat and then accidentally hit the accelerator.

    Sandra Huff, who was a driver for the school district from 2006 until she was terminated Tuesday, said she slid off her seat and onto her side as she took a turn off Ann Street onto Winding Oaks Drive.

    School Bus Driver: I Fell Off My Seat Before Crash

    [DFW] School Bus Driver: I Fell Off My Seat Before Crash
    The school bus driver who crashed into a home says she slid off her seat and then accidentally hit the accelerator. (Published Wednesday, Sep 9, 2009)

    “I was trying to recoup to get back on my seat, and the steering wheel went to the left," she said.

    Huff said she tried to press the brakes with her foot while she was on the floor, but hit the accelerator instead.

    "I remember that I just couldn't stop the bus," she said.

    Sixteen students heading to Wylie High School were aboard the bus. None were injured.

    Huff said she was wearing her seatbelt. But the Wylie Independent School District said she was not wearing a safety belt.

    The school district said her driving records on and off the job were clean before Tuesday's crash.

    Huff said she has heard speculation that crash was caused by everything from a student throwing something that knocked her out to drunken driving to talking on a cell phone to speeding.

    "I'm sorry about what I did, that this happened," she said. "I would never want anything to happen to any of these kids."

    She said she is "torn up" and "very emotional" about the crash.

    Huff said the students showed remarkable maturity while evacuating the bus.

    "They were awesome," she said. "One student took control. They did exactly what they were supposed to do, and I'm proud of them.”

    Huff, a former stay-at-home mother, said she took the job to be around children, but said she won't drive a school bus again.

    "I don’t think I want to take other people's children's lives in my hands anymore, because that was scary," she said. "It could have been worse."

    Wylie police continue to investigate the crash but do not anticipate filing any charges against Huff.