Livingston, TX Bus And Truck Crash, Nov 1983


Livingston, Texas (AP) - A Continental Trailways bus hit a truck today and veered down a 40-foot embankment into a creek bed, killing five people and injuring seven others, officials said.
"At this point we have five confirmed dead," said Department of Public Safety Trooper Melvin Hughes. The accident on Highway 59, five miles north of Livingston, occurred about 5:30 a.m.
Several people were pinned in the wreckage, but all were removed by 8 a.m., DPS operator Mary Blanton said. Helicopter ambulances were dispatched to the scene from Hermann Hospital in Houston, she said.
"A tractor-trailer rig apparently pulled out in front of the bus and was struck in the rear by the bus," Hughes said. "The bus went across the median and over a 40-foot embankment into a creek bed. At this point it looks like there were 12 people on the bus. That includes the driver."
Hughes said seven of those on the bus were injured. The vehicle turned onto its side when it slid down a 40-foot embankment and its nose was "more or less buried into the bank."
Ms. Blanton said the truck driver was unhurt and was the first person to report the accident to authorities.
Shirley Collins, supervisor of the Trailways terminal in Houston, said the bus left Shreveport, La., at 1:55 a.m. and was to have arrived in Houston at 7:30 a.m.

The Herald-Palladium Saint Joseph Michigan 1983-11-30