Band Director Among Those Killed in Texas School Bus Crash – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

The three men killed in a violent accident in West Texas that involved a school bus with members of a high school band included the band director, the Texas Department of Public Safety said Saturday.

Andrews High School band director Darin Johns, 53, died Friday from injuries from the collision of the bus with a pickup truck that was driving the wrong way on Interstate 20 in Big Spring, Sgt. Justin Baker from DPS.

He said the crash happened in an area about 250 miles (400 kilometers) west of Fort Worth.

The driver of the bus, Marc Elbert Boswell, 69, and the pickup driver, Nathan Paul Haile, 59, also died after the collision. Boswell was from Andrews and Haile from Midland.

Two of the 25 students on the bus were taken to a Lubbock hospital in critical condition, and 11 students were treated at a Big Springs hospital for minor injuries, Baker said.

Baker said he did not have an update on student injuries Saturday, and phone calls to the school near the New Mexico border were not immediately returned.

Baker said the pickup was heading west on the eastbound lanes of the Interstate as it collided with the eastbound bus and another Andrews bus, then burst into flames.

No one was injured on board the other bus.

Baker said three buses transported students from Andrews High School to a high school football playoff game between Andrews and Springtown in Sweetwater. The match was postponed.


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