School bus crash sends 23 children, 1 adult to hospitals

LUMBERTON, Texas (AP) - Twenty-four people - 23 of them fourth-graders - have been sent to Southeast Texas hospitals after an accident involving their school bus, a pickup truck and an 18-wheeler.

The Wednesday afternoon crash happened on U.S. 69 in Lumberton, about 15 miles north of Beaumont, as the Beaumont school district bus was taking 44 Charlton-Pollard Elementary School students and four adults back to school from a Big Thicket field trip.

Beaumont school district spokeswoman Nakisha Burns says one student was airlifted to a trauma hospital in Houston. A hospital spokeswoman says most of the others went to Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital for examination.

Officials had no information on how the accident happened, but photos showed the bus veered off the road, through a roadside ditch and into a rock.