BIG SPRING, Texas (Nexstar) — UPDATE: According to DPS, the driver of a vehicle that collided with an Andrews ISD bus has died. Additionally, one adult aboard the Andrews ISD bus has died, investigators said in a news conference Friday evening.
State Representative Brooks Landgraf has provided more details into the fiery crash that left at least two people dead. Landgraf said he was told by DPS that a wrong way driver hit an Andrews ISD bus head-on, the driver of that vehicle is believed to have died in the crash.
Landgraf said no students were killed in the crash, but some were taken to the hospital with injuries. At least one other adult was killed in the crash.
“Please join (wife) Shelby and me in praying for everyone involved, everyone waiting for information, and everyone grieving. The wonderful community of Andrews can use every bit of support we can give right now. Lastly, thank you to the hard-working women and men of the Texas Department of Public Safety and other first responders for working so diligently on the scene and helping to save lives,” Landgraf said in a Facebook post.
A spokesperson with University Medical Center in Lubbock has confirmed at least three victims from Friday’s crash have been transported to their hospital for care.
At least one of those patients is in critical condition. The condition of the other two is unknown, but the hospital says those patients are stable.
The families of those taken to Lubbock have also arrived at the hospital.
According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, two people have died in a head-on crash on I-20. The condition of those aboard the bus is unknown.
Original Report: The Texas Department of Public Safety has confirmed a school bus has crashed in the eastbound lanes of I-20 near mile marker 179.
According to a photo on Facebook, the school bus belongs to Andrews ISD and comments made on the post say the bus was carrying members of the band to a playoff football game in Sweetwater. An Andrews ISD has also confirmed the bus was carrying members of their marching band.
Andrews ISD says, “Administrators are working to serve the needs of our students and their families.”
DPS did not say if anyone was hurt in the crash, but a vehicle involved appeared to be on fire based on a Facebook photo.
Big Spring Mayor Shannon Thomason said from information he has received, the school bus rolled during the crash. Thomason says the Big Spring Fire Department has responded to the crash and multiple ambulances are on the scene as well.
“Just asking folks to pray for all those who are involved,” Thomason said.
We have a reporter headed to the scene and will update as more information becomes available.