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Driver inattention suspected in San Marcos truck-school bus crash

A woman who lives along Texas State Highway 21 near San Marcos says she doesn't let her grandchildren take the bus to school. A major accident along that stretch of road Monday evening is one reason why. The woman says it's not the first time such a crash has occurred.

In the latest incident, a big rig truck reportedly plowed into the back of a bus that was stopped to let elementary school children off at home. Ten of the 11 children on the bus were injured in the crash, as were the bus driver. Authorities say their injuries aren't life threatening. But the conditions of two other victims of the crash -- the bus monitor and the driver of the semi -- are less certain. 

Also uncertain is the exact cause of the crash. But Department of Public Safety officials say truck driver distraction is suspected. They say it does not appear that alcohol or the weather were factors in the collision.

In addition to the individuals on the bus who suffered injuries in the accident, there are witnesses who may also have been affected. Neighbors who witnessed the crash say they have been left rattled emotionally by the experience. One woman who rushed to help at the scene said she at first thought some of the 3rd and 5th grade children on the bus were dead.

Texas is a big state. It has its big cities, of course, but there are a lot of people who live in more rural areas. As this accident may serve to show, it can be easy to lose sight of that fact. When that happens, and accidents like this one occur, those affected should make it a point to learn what their rights and options are for obtaining the help they need to recover. 

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