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Texas child dies when school bus is hit by train

All across the nation, millions of kids board buses each day to get to and from their schools. Most arrive safely at their destinations, and many Texas parents appreciate the service of having their children taken from their neighborhoods and directly to their schools without having to deal with school-time traffic. Very rarely, accidents involving school buses occur, but when they do, children's lives can be put at risk.

Just this week, a tragic accident happened in Texas involving a school bus. A bus approached a railroad crossing and was struck on its side by a moving train. There were three people on board the bus at the time of the accident: an adult driver, a 13-year-old boy and a 9-year-old girl.

As a result of the violent collision, the 13-year-old child died. The 9-year-old girl was taken to a trauma center, where she is in serious condition. The driver of the bus also suffered injuries in the ordeal.

Investigators are still looking into why this accident happened, but they have noted that there were no barriers or lights at the intersection of the road and tracks where the collision occurred. As the family of the deceased child grieves, they may wish to begin their own inquiry into who may be liable for their child's death.

If the school bus driver erred in crossing the tracks, the child's family may have the option of suing the driver, the school district,and others who may have been involved in the driver's employment. If the railroad or city failed to maintain proper crossing equipment at the site of the crash, one or both of those entities may be responsible. An attorney may be able to offer this family guidance as they learn to live without their beloved child.

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