Bus-train collision

A middle-school student died on Friday after a Union Pacific train hit an Athens ISD bus on Cream Leavel Road. The only other student on the bus was care-flighted to Children’s Hospital in Dallas. The bus driver was taken to  another hospital.

John Franklin Stevens, 78, of Mabank was charged by two separate indictments rendered by a Henderson County Grand Jury for Injury to a Child causing serious bodily injury and Manslaugter/Criminally Negligent Homicide.

The charges stem from a Jan. 25, 2019 collision between an Athens Independent School District bus operated by Stevens while transporting two children, and a Union Pacific freight train as it passed through the city of Athens.

A 13-year-old boy was killed, and a 9-year-old girl was injured in the accident that occurred around 4 p.m. on a Friday after school.

The case has been assigned to the 392nd Judicial District Court, however no date has been set for formal arraignment on the charges. Bond was set at $5,000.00 for each indictment.

District Attorney Mark Hall said that since this is a pending case, he will not comment publicly on the evidence at this time.

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