Beaumont, TX Bus And Truck Crash, May 1987


Beaumont, Texas (AP) - A Trailways bus and an 18-wheel truck collided on a rain-slick interstate highway Monday, killing seven people and injuring 19, police said.
The truck "jumped the median and apparently hit it (the bus) broadside," said Trailways ticket agent Michael Wright. The bus was leaving Beaumont for Houston with about 20 people aboard, he said.
The impact tore off the front half of the bus and split the right side, leaving a trail of debris on Interstate 10. The accident occurred in a heavy downpour about 1:50 p.m., said fire department dispatcher Bill Weiblinger.
The bus had left New Orleans about 7 a.m. and stopped in Lake Charles, La., before arriving in Beaumont, said Trailways spokesman Torri Kissell in Dallas.
At least six people on the bus were confirmed dead and 19 were injured, including the truck driver, said fire department Capt. David Hooks.
Michael Boudreaux of Thibodaux, La., was driving about 100 feet behind the truck and said it appeared the truck driver lost control of his vehicle.
"He jackknifed, came across the highway, hit this Trailways bus head on," Boudreaux said. "He wasn't going fast. He was just doing a little over 55 and all of a sudden he just jackknifed."
Ten of those hurt, including a 1-year-old girl, were taken to Baptist Hospital of Southeast Texas, where five were listed in critical and five in stable condition, said hospital spokesman James Vincent.
Those being treated suffered broken bones, internal injuries, neck injuries and multiple trauma injuries, and one was undergoing surgery, said hospital operations officer Greg Adams.
Five others, including a 2-year-old boy, were taken to St. Elizabeth Hospital. All were treated for minor injuries and released, said hospital spokeswoman Maribeth Jones.
Four more were at Beaumont Medical Surgical Hospital, suffering cuts and abrasions, said hospital spokeswoman Charissa Christopher. Two were released Monday night while the other two were admitted, she said.

Greenwood Commonwealth Mississippi 1987-05-05