School bus accident snarls traffic

Photo Floyd Ingram Houston Police Officer Dustin Dendy, from right, talks with Jaylin Parker, 5, and Amber Parker, 17, who were riding in a pickup when it rear-ended a Houston School Bus. The accident occurred about 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, on Highway 8 east near Houlka Creek bridge. No one was hurt in the accident.

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Houston Police Officer Dustin Dendy, from right, talks with Jaylin Parker, 5, and Amber Parker, 17, who were riding in a pickup when it rear-ended a Houston School Bus. The accident occurred about 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, on Highway 8 east near Houlka Creek bridge. No one was hurt in the accident.

HOUSTON – No one was hurt but traffic on Highway 8 East was blocked for more than a hour after a pickup truck rear-ended a Houston School District bus about 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11.

The accident occurred as Houston Bus 26 was letting children off at a home about six miles east of Houston near the bridges on Houlka Creek.

The bus driver Billy Free, 60, of Houston, said the red flashers were on at the time of the accident.

Amber Parker, 17, of Houston, was the driver of a white Chevrolet pickup that ran into the back of the bus. Both Parker and her five-year-old nephew were wearing seatbelts and were not injured in the accident.

The pickup was heavily damaged and was towed from the scene. The school bus received minor damage and was driven away.

“The driver of pickup stated she looked down and when she rear ended bus,” said Sgt. Criss Turnipseed, spokesman for the Mississippi Highway Patrol. “There were 27 passengers on the school bus.”

Ambulances responded to the accident but Turnipseed said no students were transported from the scene.

Turnipseed said the pickup was towed away but the bus was driven from the scene.

“Parents and family came and picked up most of the students on the bus and we found rides home for everyone else,” said Houston Assistant Superintendent Chad Spence, who was at the scene. “Our bus drivers receive training in both safety to prevent accidents and in what to do if there is an accident and we are just thankful no students were hurt in the accident.”

The accident was investigated by the Mississippi Highway Patrol and no citation was issued.