Majority of students released from area hospitals after school bus rollover in Lampasas

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    UPDATE 09/0/2018: Five students and two teachers remain hospitalized Sunday afternoon, according to a spokesperson with Norman, OK Senator Rob Standridge.


    The Department of Public Safety investigated after a bus carrying dozens of people crashed Saturday afternoon along Highway 281 north of Lampasas.

    The crash was reported just after 3:15 p.m. near the airport.

    DPS Trooper Michael Tatum said there were 24 children, ages 10- and 11-years-old, on the bus at the time along with two teachers, a principal and the driver.

    The bus was carrying all girls.

    Tatum said the bus was traveling southbound on Highway 281 en route to Sea World in San Antonio.

    The driver lost control of the bus and the bus rolled over.

    Several of the students sustained head injuries, according to Tatum.

    All of the children were taken to area hospitals including: the Metroplex Hospital, Rollins Brook Community Hospital, Baylor Scott and White Hospital, Darnall Army Hospital and McLane Childrens Hospital.

    Erin Riley, spokeswoman for Metroplex Hospital in Killeen, confirmed six victims were taken to its emergency room for treatment but none of the injuries were critical.

    She also said the hospital was prepared to receive up to four more patients.

    A second bus traveling with the group, and carrying the boys, was taken to Lampasas Middle School.

    No one was injured on that bus.

    Highway 281 remained closed for several hours as DPS continued to conduct its investigation.

    Lampasas fire, police and sheriff's office all responded.

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