School bus with students on board involved in accident on Eastex Freeway

By Bill Spencer - Investigative Reporter

HOUSTON - A Cleveland Independent School District bus slammed into the back of an 18-wheeler around 2:30 p.m. Monday after that tractor trailer stopped in the middle of the Eastex Freeway at Will Clayton Parkway, according to a school instructor who was on the bus at the time.

Lt. Col. Robert Hunt, United States Air Force Retired and an instructor at Cleveland High School's Air Force JROTC program was on the bus and suffered a lacerated lip in the crash. He said all of the students hurt appeared to suffer only minor injuries

Nineteen students were taken to four area hospitals for precautionary reasons. The students range in age 13 to 16.

There were a total of 57 JROTC students and two adults from Cleveland High School on the bus, according to Cleveland ISD Police. Officials said they suffered facial injuries from hitting the backs of seats. Police said the students were returning from a field trip to NASA.

No word yet on whether charges will be filed against either the driver of the bus or the tractor trailer.

Houston police are investigating the crash.

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