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September 13, 2006

Bus wreck leaves 1 injured

Police say no children were injured Tuesday morning when a Brownsboro school bus was rear-ended by a vehicle on Farm-to-Market Road 317. The driver of the vehicle was flown by helicopter to an area hospital.

According to a report from the Texas Department of Public Safety, bus driver Sandra Duke had just made her first stop of the morning when the bus was hit from behind by a Ford Mustang driven by April Mishane Berge, 31.

A 15-year-old student was on board the bus.

DPS Trooper Brad Fulton said Berge failed to control her vehicle’s speed, causing the wreck.

“The 15-year-old student had not even had a chance to sit down when the bus was hit,” Fulton said.

The Henderson County Sheriff’s Department received the call at 6:59 a.m. Fulton arrived on scene at 7:21 a.m. and was later assisted by Trooper Bryan Barnhart.

Berge was pinned inside her vehicle, according to Fulton. An extraction device was needed to rescue her. Fulton said Berge was stable, but was flown to East Texas Medical Center Tyler to be examined.

“God must have a special plan for the driver of the Mustang. The car went under the bus and the air bags didn’t deploy,” Brownsboro ISD Transportation Director Chester York said.

York said the back axle of the 1995 school bus was knocked off the back end and the bus would be in the shop for a while. The Mustang was towed by Goodman and Son Wrecker Service of Frankston.

Fulton reported that Duke and the student were fine.

“When I received the call I was still at home. I drove to the scene and after knowing he was OK, brought the young man to school,” Superintendent Elton Caldwell said. “Mr. York sent another bus out to pick up the other students on that route.”

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