DALLAS - At least 10 people were injured after a school bus overturned into a ditch in Southwest Dallas Thursday afternoon.
The accident happened around 4 p.m. on the westbound lanes of I-30 near Loop 12 in the West Oak Cliff area.
The bus belongs to the Bishop Dunne Catholic School. Officials say 10 students and the bus driver were on the bus and were heading home when the accident happened. One student was treated and released at the scene. The rest of the students and the bus driver were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Student Pierce Weller remembers gripping his seat, which doesn't have a seat belt, while everything shook. Before first responders could get there, it was Weller and the bus driver who checked on everyone.
“Some kids were pinned and other shaken up from it,” he recalled. “Me being one of the last people off the bus, I just wanted to make sure everybody was okay.”
Bishop Edward Burns met them in the Methodist ER.
“Being a man of faith, indeed offer prayers of thanksgiving because this could have been a lot worse,” the bishop said. “God sent some angels to watch over these kids.”
Burns says doctors have reassured everyone involved that they are going to be okay. There were no major injuries. The bishop is focusing on the angels and the heroes in the accident, like Weller, who put others before himself.
“He was actually the last one off the bus because he was helping everyone else off the bus. But he was the first one to be discharged,” the bishop said. “I, of course, applied scripture. 'The last shall be first.' It was an opportunity for us to recognize.”
Dallas County sheriff’s deputies are investigating what happened, but say the bus, an SUV and two cars were involved. Everyone is expected to be released from the hospital by Thursday night.