School Bus Overturns on I-30 Near Loop 12, Nine Students Hurt

Bishop Dunne students to hold a private prayer vigil Friday morning

A school bus from Bishop Dunne Catholic School overturned in the westbound lanes of Interstate 30 near Loop 12 in Dallas on Thursday.

Dallas Fire Rescue confirms that a total of 11 people were on board the bus at the time, 10 students and one driver.

A school bus has overturned in the westbound lanes of I-30 near Loop 12 in Dallas.

Nine of the students and the driver were all taken to Parkland and Dallas Methodist hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries. All of the students were released from the hospital Thursday evening. The driver remains hospitalized for observation.

A school bus has overturned in the westbound lanes of I-30 near Loop 12 in Dallas.

Officials with the Dallas Sheriff’s Department said it was a chain reaction crash. Two other vehicles collided on the freeway. One of those went under the rear end of the bus, causing it to veer into the ditch. Another vehicle also was sent into the ditch in the four vehicle accident. Officials said all of the people involved suffered only minor injuries.

Bishop Dunne Sophomore student Pierce Weller says he is "glad to be alive" after the bus he was riding in flipped along I-30 in Dallas on Thursday afternoon.

"After going off and actually realizing that this was serious and we actually did flip, it kind of hit me more and made me realize that... I'm glad to be alive," said Bishop Dunne Sophomore student Pierce Weller. 

"When we went off, everything started shaking so much that I lost my grip. We kind of flew in the air for a second or two, and the injury to my eyebrow, I don't really know how I got, I just remember bracing myself against the side of the bus when it flipped," added Weller.

"Some kids were pinned, and others shaken up from it and me being one of the last people off the bus, I just wanted to make sure that everybody was okay and got off safely," added Weller.

Archdiocese of Dallas Bishop Edward Burns visited Methodist Dallas just after the students were transported there.

“They are doing well,” said Bishop Burns. “They are grateful because it could have been a lot worse.”

He said he believes a higher power definitely saved lives Thursday.

“In our tradition we believe that God sends his holy angels and we believe he sent his angels to watch over these kids,” said Bishop Burns.

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