At approximately 4:30 Holly Lake Fire Department rolled up on an accident involving the Hawkins ISD School bus, and a silver 4 door pickup 3 miles west of Hawkins on Highway 80. Hawkins Volunteer Fire Department and Hawkins Police worked together to clear the scene and to enable through-traffic to continue.
The injured individual driving the silver Ford pickup truck was transported to hospital by Champion EMS. According to Officer Scott Randle, the students and the bus driver were all ok. The scene was cleared by 5:26.
Hawkins ISD issued an initial statement on Facebook that said “We had a bus rear ended on HWY 80, all students are safe and no students are injured.”
At Approximately 6pm, Hawkins ISD Superintendent Morris Lyon issued the following information via email, “At approximately 4:00 pm on Thursday May 18 a Hawkins ISD school bus was struck from behind by a pickup heading westbound on HWY 80. The bus driver had come to a complete stop and the red flashers were engaged when the pickup swerved and struck the back left corner of the bus. All students and the bus driver were uninjured. The driver of the pickup was transported by ambulance. Hawkins ISD appreciates the response by our HISD staff and the quick assistance by all emergency responders; Hawkins PD, Wood County Sheriff’s Office, DPS, Champion EMS, Holly Lake Ranch Fire Dept. & Hawkins Fire Dept.”