A Tuesday morning accident in which a Nacogdoches ISD bus was struck from behind by a car caused injuries to the driver of the car and frustration among parents of students on the bus.
None of the 19 students, all high school age, were injured in the accident at about 6:30 a.m. Tuesday on Southeast Stallings Drive near University Drive, Nacogdoches ISD reported in a release.
The woman driving the passenger vehicle was taken by ambulance to a local hospital, according to Nacogdoches Police Sgt. Brett Ayres. Her condition was not available, and the accident remains under investigation.
Meanwhile, about a dozen parents commented on the accident on social media Tuesday, stating they didn’t learn about it until they saw a news report or their child texted them.
“When a child steps foot on the bus, NISD is responsible for what happens to them,” parent Amber Rachelle wrote in a letter she emailed to the school board Tuesday.
Since the transportation department requires every child be registered before riding a bus, contacting parents of children assigned to a bus for notification shouldn’t take several hours, she said.
“For a parent to find out about their children being involved in an accident via social media, 2 1/2 hours later is ludicrous,” she wrote.
Rachelle said an email from the school went out at about 9:30 a.m.
“I’m not sure what the current procedure is, but it failed today,” she said.
NISD spokesman Les Linebarger said Tuesday morning the transportation department was in the process of contacting parents.
“We notify them as soon as we can with the information that we have,” he said, “as soon as we have information we can pass along.”
The accident involved NISD’s Bus No. 20. EMS crews examined students at the scene, and they were transported to school on another bus, the district reported.
“Upon arriving at the high school, the students were checked out by NISD nurses before continuing on to classes,” the NISD release states.