Mount Pleasant High School’s boys and girls track team coach, assistant coach, and a driver of an 18-wheeler died in an accident in East Texas on a late Thursday night.
Meanwhile, 18 out of 32 students from the track team and three more coaches were injured in the bus crash. One of the coaches and a student were immediately transported to Tyler hospitals by helicopter because of severe condition.
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According to Mt. Pleasant Independent School District Superintendent Judd Marshall, Mount Pleasant High School’s boys and girls track teams were returning home from a track meet in Paris at the time of the crash when an 18-wheeler, headed north on U.S. 271, swerved into the southbound lanes and struck the boys team’s bus.
The 18-wheeler also hit a car behind the bus, which was driven by one of the team’s assistant coaches who died in the crash.
“I have never seen something like this before,” Marshall said. “It’s so sad and devastating.”
The driver of the 18-wheeler was later identified as 50-year-old Bradley Ray Farmer of Missouri.