3 Killed, 14 Injured in Andrews ISD Band Bus Crash in Big Spring

According to officials, none of the individuals killed in the crash were students

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A pickup truck heading the wrong way on a West Texas highway slammed into a bus carrying members of a high school band, killing three people, officials said Friday.

Two students from the bus were critically injured in the late Friday afternoon crash on Interstate 20 in Big Spring, about 250 miles west of Fort Worth, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

The bus from Andrews High School in Andrews, located near the New Mexico border, was headed to a football game with 25 students aboard when it was hit by the wrong-way truck, which burst into flames, killing the truck’s driver, said DPS Sgt. Justin Baker. One of the adults from the bus was also pronounced dead at the scene, he said.

A third adult and two students were airlifted to University Medical Center in Lubbock, 95 miles north of the crash site. The adult died at the hospital, and the two students were listed in critical but stable condition, Baker said.

Other students were taken to the Scenic Mountain Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries, he said.

The football playoff game between Andrews and Springtown in Sweetwater was postponed.

In a statement released on Friday, Governor Greg Abbott said state officials are working to investigate the crash.

"Our hearts go out to those who were injured or lost their lives in the bus crash in Big Spring, and we grieve for the families of those taken too soon," Governor Greg Abbott said. The Texas Department of Public Safety is working closely with local officials to investigate this accident, and the State of Texas is ready to provide any additional resources and support needed to Andrews ISD, Big Spring, and those affected by this tragedy."

Officials said the investigation into this crash is ongoing.

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