Just before 5 AM this morning, an 18-wheeler collided with a Greyhound bus while the bus was disabled on the side of I-45 highway in The Woodlands, Texas. The disabled Houston-bound Greyhound was waiting for another bus to transport passengers when the truck struck them. At the time of the accident, the bus reportedly had 26 people on board. Reports say between five passengers were injured and taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital. The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) stated that the remaining passengers were switched to another bus to take them to their destination.
State Troopers reported to the scene. They report that the big rig driver was hurt, but not in critical condition. There has been no word about the cause of the accident or why the truck driver failed to see the Greyhound on the side of the road.
Are Truck & Bus Accidents Common?
This is not the first time a truck has collided into a Greyhound bus. On August 30, 2018, a truck collided with a Greyhound bus carrying 49 passengers in New Mexico. As a result, 7 people died and more than 30 were hospitalized. Authorities stated that the semi-truck was driving east on Interstate 40 when a tire blowout caused the driver to lose control of the vehicle. This caused the large truck to swerve into oncoming traffic, hitting the Greyhound bus head-on.
Tire and maintenance routine on trucks is vital to prevent collisions. The National High Traffic Safety Administration estimates that tire blowouts are responsible for 12,000 truck accidents every year. The DPS is still conducting a thorough investigation to determine the cause of this semi-truck and Greyhound bus accident in The Woodlands Texas.
Arnold & Itkin will continue to follow this story as details emerge. We hope for the full recovery of those who were injured in the accident.